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NMC comments on the King's Fund report on supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality care.

Andrea Sutcliffe comments on the embargoed King's Fund report 'The courage of compassion: supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality care.'

Commenting on the embargoed report, ‘The courage of compassion: supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high-quality care’, from the King’s Fund, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council said,

“The UK’s health and care system would not survive without our nursing and midwifery professionals who make incredible contributions in so many different ways and across every setting. 

“We know demands and expectations for nurses and midwives are greater than ever before and have been intensified by the whirlwind of the Covid-19 pandemic. We also know the detrimental impact this can have on their health and wellbeing. As our own most recent survey of those leaving our register showed, work-related stress and its effect on their mental health are some of the top reasons given by nurses and midwives for leaving.

“The key message from this report is clear – as they take care of us, we must take care of them. The recommendations are welcome and in this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we need to take the call to action seriously and work together with our partners to make a difference.

“The NMC recognises its important role in helping to foster the culture and environment that enables our registrants to deliver the highly skilled, kind and safe care we know we all need. The Code, our Future Nurse and Future Midwife standards and our recent guidance on preceptorship all provide a firm foundation for our work with the professions and their leaders to make the vision in this report a reality.”

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