Modernising Nursing Careers

On 4th September 2006, the Modernising Nursing Careers: Setting the Direction document was published, which includes a number of action points (Modernising Nursing Careers (PDF 278KB).
A UK Coalition Group, chaired by Christine Beasley (Chief Nursing Officer England), consisting of the four UK Chief Nursing Officers and representatives from key stakeholder organisations was established in November 2006. The Coalition Group meets on a quarterly basis.
The purpose of the Coalition Group is to oversee the work streams developed from the action points identified in the Setting the Direction (2006) document. The work streams have been clustered under the following four heading:

A. Develop a competent and flexible workforce

Ai Explore whether changes to the content and level of pre-registration education are needed
Aii Map nursing and roles and competences to the NHS Careers Framework
Aiii Develop proposals for a competency passport scheme
Aiv Review careers paths and educational preparation for specialist and advanced roles  

B. Update career paths and choices

Bi Review career pathways and preparation for nursing in the community focusing on public health long term conditions, and acute care and services in the community
Bii Review educator roles and encourage career paths between service and education
Biii Provide tools to support career choices and navigation
Biv UK Chief Nursing Officers to work with new and existing independent sector providers to support modern nursing careers

C. Prepare nurses to lead in a changed healthcare system

Ci Health Departments will work with stakeholders to provide information for the profession on nursing responsibilities for leading and coordinating care
Cii Health departments will work with stakeholders to nurture ability and develop fast track schemes for nurse leaders

D. Modernise nursing and nursing careers

Di Agree & communicate key messages about nursing & nursing careers includinginformation on ‘what nurses can do these days’.

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