Dr Ruth May has been announced as the new chief nursing officer (CNO) for NHS England – she will take over from Professor Jane Cummings.
Dr Ruth May, new chief nursing officer (CNO) for England
Dr May is currently executive director of nursing for NHS Improvement, but will become the new CNO for England once the management teams for NHS England and NHS Improvement have completed their merger into one new leadership team, called the NHS Executive Group.
Her appointment was welcomed by Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, who said:
“I am delighted to hear of the appointment of Ruth May as Chief Nurse in NHS England. The Institute will look forward to working with her moving forwards.”
NHS England is calling on dentists to see an additional 70,000 pre-school children as part of a drive in the health service’s 70th year, to help young families to get into the habit of good dental health.
Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, commented: “The Institute is delighted to hear of this initiative and calls on health visitors and their teams to alert parents to it. Health visitors promote good oral hygiene and early visits to the dentist for infants on their caseloads.”
Latest data show that over 140 children per day, some just one year old, are having decayed teeth removed. These are now being tackled head on with a newly launched awareness programme supporting 24,000 dentists across England to see more children from a young age.
Good dental health habits can be formed by booking a baby’s first dental check by their first birthday, stopping the rot before it starts and preventing the need for future tooth extractions.
As part of the Starting Well Core programme, the Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley, is also encouraging parents and carers to take advantage of extra access opportunities at their local dental practice and obtaining free NHS dental care.
NHS England has put together a survey to help better understand the information that women want when making a decision about their maternity care.
They would like information from women who are pregnant or have had a child in the last two years. This will help to improve maternity information and care for women.
NHS England wants to find out what information is important to women, before deciding where to go for care before, during and after birth. They want to know when women want this information, and what format(s) would be most useful to them. This will be an excellent tool to inform how they shape information for women going forward to support them in making choices.
The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete.
They would really appreciate help from health visitors in cascading this survey to women – in particular, if you have links with harder to reach groups, then that would be really appreciated.
Healthy Children: Transforming Child Health Information
This sets out a vision of how health records will transform the way children’s health information is gathered and used to support both parents and professionals in providing the highest quality care for children and young people. NHS England’s Healthy Children sets the strategic direction for the future investment and development of Child Health Information systems supporting the ambitions of FYFV (Five Year Forward View) and PHC2020 (Personalised Health and Care 2020) as well aligning with ‘Better Births’ to ensure that future Maternity and Children’s services meet the needs of women and their families by delivering care that is as safe as the best available. Technology is fundamental to health sector transformation and should be central to the delivery of health and care for both adults and children.
This document sets out the case for restructuring the information services and systems for children, young people, parents and families so they can contribute fully to improving their health and wellbeing and collaborate easily with professionals across the spectrum of care. The vision is for transformed child health information services, which will know where every child is and how healthy they are and which give appropriate access to information for all involved in the care of children.
NHS England’s Healthy Children sets the strategic direction for the future investment and development of Child Health Information systems supporting the ambitions of FYFV and PHC2020 as well aligning with ‘Better Births’ to ensure that future Maternity and Children’s services meet the needs of women and their families by delivering care that is as safe as the best available. Technology is fundamental to health sector transformation and should be central to the delivery of health and care for both adults and children.
If you would like to participate in this work programme, or like to join online, please contact [email protected]
On 21 July 2016, the Maternity Transformation Programme was officially launched.
More than 200 people, each with a passion and drive to improve maternity services gathered to understand how the programme will achieve the vision set out in Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review.
The following videos include key messages from the opening speeches.
Opening speeches from the Maternity Transformation Programme launch event
Introduction to the Maternity Transformation Programme
Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chair, Maternity Transformation Programme
Vision of Better Births
Baroness Julia Cumberlege and Sir Cyril Chantler
Importance of working together
Dr David Richmond and Professor Cathy Warwick
An introduction to each Maternity Transformation Programme workstream
Nationally, there are nine workstreams on a range of measures designed to facilitate local change. This is to ensure that the vision of Better Births can be achieved. The following videos provide a short introduction to each workstream and what they seek to achieve
Lauren Hughes, NHS England
Promoting good practice for safer care and Transforming the workforce
Flora Goldhill, Department of Health and Bill Irish, Health Education England
Improving access to perinatal mental health services
Simon Medcalf, NHS England
Increasing choice and personalisation
James Sanderson, NHS England
Sharing data and information and Harnessing technology
Dr Matthew Jolly, NHS England and Alex Elias, NHS Digital
Two further videos will also be posted shortly, providing key messages for the Improving prevention workstream and further detail on our Local transformation workstream.
Today, Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, announced the seven Maternity Choice and Personalisation Pioneers that will test ways of improving choice and personalisation for women accessing maternity services.
Dr Jo Black and Dr Giles Berrisford have been appointed as the new Associate National Directors for Perinatal Mental Health for NHS England.
Dr Jo Black is Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health for NHS England
Dr Jo Black is a consultant perinatal psychiatrist with Devon Partnership NHS Trust, SW regional representative on the perinatal faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Chair of the Regional Reps Committee. She has developed an integrated community perinatal mental health service, with perinatal expertise embedded in the three maternity units serving families in Devon.
Jo has experience of working with teams, bringing together clinical, management and commissioning colleagues from primary care, acute and mental health services, women, families and colleagues from the third sector. She looks forward to bringing her energy, experience and ideas to this national role.
Dr Giles Berrisford is Associate National Clinical Director for Perinatal Mental Health for NHS England
Dr Giles Berrisford is the Clinical Lead at the Birmingham Perinatal Mental Health Service at BSMHFT – leading one of the largest inpatient Mother and Baby Units in the country. He is the Chair of the national charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP) – working closely with women and families directly affected by postpartum psychosis – the most severe form of perinatal mental illness. He is the Vice-Chair Elect of the Perinatal Psychiatry Faculty within the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is the West Midlands’ Senate representative for the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinical Reference Group. He is committed to bringing about improved access to maternal mental health services and reducing the unwarranted variation in care currently seen across the country.
NHS England allocated service transformation funding (as part of the national Health Visitor delivery plan) 2013 and 2014 to all Area Teams and as a result, some 42 projects were delivered.
The ‘Celebrating Progress – Nursing Division Health Visitor Service Transformation Projects for England’ report provides an overview of the funding process and project development. It presents summaries of the projects in order to illustrate the types of initiatives that were delivered, and the impact they have had on service provision, along with a means of sharing best practice, learning and resources available
This report is dedicated to providing a compendium of the projects outlining the project plan, partners, deliverables, impact (or expected impact), resources for sharing and contact details of project leads to facilitate sharing of best practice across the system.
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