Blog: Get involved in developing our five year strategy

In her latest blog, our Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, seeks your help to develop the NMC’s next five year strategy.

We have a very privileged position here at the NMC. Our work to support nurses, midwives and nursing associates to provide the best, safest care possible, touches everyone across the country and making sure we do that well is a huge responsibility. We now also have a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of the organisation with the development of our new five year strategy.

The NMC has gone through much needed change over the past 12 months. The development of this new strategy gives us the chance to make a long-term, positive impact for the professionals on our register, as well as the lives of millions of people who rely and depend on health and care services day in, day out, right across the UK.

What are we doing?

We will be designing the goals and objectives of the NMC from 2020 until 2025. Big ideas, blue sky visions and five star expectations are what we want to strive for.

To do this, I am asking everyone – the public, people who use services and patients; nurses, midwives and nursing associates; our partners; and NMC colleagues – to get involved.   We need your contributions to help us co-produce our future.

We want to understand what you think are the big issues that will impact on health and social care; how they will affect nursing and midwifery; and what this may mean for the NMC. We want to hear what you think we do well, what we need to work on, and how the NMC can continue to improve.

The year ahead

We are embarking upon a busy year of co-production activity to develop the strategy – broken down into four phases.

Between April to June, we will gather as much information and feedback as possible, to help us understand what people need, expect and want from us so we can develop key themes to shape our future.

From July, we will publish these key themes for consultation and further discussion.

Through October to December, we will agree on the key pieces of work and direction, which the NMC will look to achieve from 2020.

Finally, from January 2020, we will finalise our five year plan by setting our milestones and agreeing a business plan and budget to make sure we have firm foundations in the first year of the strategy to build on.

And this time next year? All that listening, discussion and preparation goes into action. Our strategy will be ready for launch.

Why are we doing it?

Put simply, we’re doing this to ensure we deliver our core purpose to protect the public as effectively as we can, and also to make sure we are adding real value to the wider health and social care system in the UK.

Nurses, midwives and nursing associates will care for us all at some point in our lives – whether that’s supporting us through the birth of a child, guiding us through long-term illness or disability, or patching us up after we have had an accident. They are entrusted by all of us to deliver the highest standards of care and our new strategy will be designed to support those incredibly talented and important professionals.

How can you contribute?

Whether you work in a hospital, care for people in the community, are a patient or recently experienced health and social care services, we would like to hear from you.

From now until June, please have your say on the issues affecting nursing, midwifery and health and social care today and beyond. Tell us what you think will have the greatest impact on the NMC over the next five years, and what you think we should focus on.

You can send us your thoughts by filling out this simple form or get in touch with us on twitter using #futureNMC.

Your input is invaluable and will help us develop the key themes of our plan.

This isn’t the only time you will be able to get involved. We will be coming back to you throughout the year to seek your input.

Thank you in advance for all your help!


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