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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery calls for the development and use of new technologies.

The report of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England sets out the way forward for the future of the professions which was published yesterday, calls for the establishment of a "high-level group to determine how to build nursing and midwifery capacity to understand and influence the development and use of new technologies. It must consider how pre- and post-registration education and development programmes could best deliver technological understanding and skills for information, communications and practice."

Amongst a range of other recommendations about the delivery of "high quality, compassionate care" emphasis is placed on the role of nurses and midwives in "making best use of technological advances as an increasingly important aspect of high quality care, including innovative ‘remote care’ approaches such as telenursing, as well as improving metrics", with the appointment of “innovation fellows" to lead some of the changes.

The has implications for all nurses and midwives and the educational processes which prepare and support them: “Starting in their initial education, nurses and midwives need a better understanding of and influence over the development of technologies and informatics, including information and communications technology and remote care.”

It will be interesting to see how some of the (vague) aspirations are turned into reality, particularly with current budget pressures in the NHS. The "high level group" has the potential to usher in some interesting developments and I wait with interest to see who might be selected to serve on this - and how its remit will be worded.

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