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First ever commissioning strategy released for nurses

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Nurses from the CCG Nurses from the CCGs presenting the strategy

CCGs across Leeds will give nurses more input into commissioning with the first ever nursing strategy by a commissioning organisation released today.

NHS Leeds North CCG and NHS Leeds South and East CCG have published Nursing Voice - A vision for the future of nursing from a commissioing perspective 2015-2017, to offer local nurses a greater say in commissioning decisions.

The 28-page strategy sets out seven key action areas:

  • Helping people to stay independent maximizing wellbeing and improving health outcomes
  • Working with people to provide a positive experience of care
  • Delivering high quality care and measuring impact
  • Building and strengthening leadership
  • Ensuring we have the right staff with right skills in the right place
  • Supportive positive staff experience
  • Celebration (the introduction of a seventh C)

Ellie Monkhouse, the director of nursing and quality, said: 'With the introduction of CCGs, GPs have a greater voice than ever and its important that nurses are able to work with their colleagues to shape services.

'This strategy sets out clearly how we will take nurses to the next level and demonstrates the huge positive difference they and us can make to patient outcomes, care and experience.

'At the centre of our strategy is the staff commitment toour patients, their families and carers that we deliver quality care with compassion in which our patients can always have confidence.'

The strategy is aligned with the chief nursing officer's 6Cs and sets out a number of innovative ways the two CCGs will deliver primary care.

These include providing a specialist nurse to diagnose autism, nurse support for young carers, for all nurses to undertake dementia training, and a practice nurse leadership course.

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