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NHS launches new national network for Chief Nurses in England

In a bid to strengthen collaboration across the health sector, NHS Confederation and The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) have teamed up to create a new national network for Chief Nurses in Integrated Care Boards (ICB) across England.

The new network is part of the ongoing commitment to work in partnership to develop and maximise the impact of Integrated Care Systems (ICS) on both an individual patient basis and a national population one.

The health service say the ultimate aim of the network is to promote the sharing of experience, learnings and best practice as ICBs continue to develop.

QNI’s Chief Executive, Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, said: “The two organisations have a shared ambition to support the development of clinical leadership within ICSs, and to support the objectives behind integrating care, improving population health and tackling inequalities.

“This direction of travel aligns with the overall aim, purpose and values of the QNI and I am very much looking forward to modelling a partnership way of working with the NHS Confederation.”

The ICB Chief Nurses Network will be chaired by the NHS Confederation’s ICS Strategic Advisor, Louise Patten.

NHS Confederation Chief Executive, Matthew Taylor, added: “This collaboration represents an opportunity for both organisations to demonstrate and further support whole-system working. We are pleased to be able to facilitate this network as a safe space in which chief nurses can share their insights, experiences and learnings among peers.”

With the network’s first meeting scheduled for the 30th of March 2023, Chief Nurses across England can apply to join by clicking here.

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