On today’s International Day of the Nurse we pay particular tribute to our dedicated workforce of nurses and midwives across Humber, Coast and Vale who are turning up every day to make a difference in the most challenging of times.

Andrew Burnell RGN, RMN, RHV, Chief Executive Lead - Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every year on the 12th of May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Never has it been more fitting for us to take time to pause and reflect on the incredible contribution made by our nurses and midwives across the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.

From the nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants working on the frontline in our acute hospitals, community services, social care provision, mental health clinics and in GP surgeries, to the nurses leading our Quality Group, Local Maternity System, Mental Health Partnership and contributing to our Clinical and Professional Leader’s Group, all are making a massive contribution to the success of our Partnership.

As anyone who has worked in healthcare knows, nurses are the backbone of any health and care system and our services would cease to function without their expert skill, knowledge and care. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and continue to care is also an important characteristic of nurses the world over. As a profession, nursing has changed radically since I first put on my tunic, flared grey trousers and regulatory donkey jacket (stylish I know) and stepped out into the world of nursing and the world of health care. If we are to continue to thrive as a health and care system, the profession will need to continue to adapt to changing circumstances and harness the positive approach to flexibility that we have witnessed over the past weeks and months as individuals and teams have changed their ways of working to adapt to the new realities of responding to Covid-19.

You can read about some of the ways in which nursing teams across our Partnership have been adapting to the new realities brought by Covid-19 and continuing to support patients and their loved ones throughout these difficult times.

We have said many times that the biggest challenge facing our health and care system in Humber, Coast and Vale is the gaps and fragility in our workforce. As a Partnership we are responding to this by adapting and diversifying the workforce with new roles and making it easier and more attractive for our local people to develop meaningful careers within health and care. Since our workforce programme was established, we have supported the training and recruitment of more than 300 advanced clinical practitioners, nursing associates and physician associates. These new recruits are already making a huge difference and enabling more people to access care and support more quickly and helping our system to respond effectively to Covid-19.

Anyway, you are all busy folks so enough of all this chat and let us keep up the great work and dedication to our patient, service users, communities and most of all to each other whatever role one plays. Keep well.

STP

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