The Yorkshire and the Humber region held its collaborative event earlier this month with members, activists and staff designing and co-producing a regional Staffing for Safe and Effective Care campaign.
Despite a chilly wind outside in Leeds city centre, the room soon warmed up with lots of positivity and enthusiasm. Everybody was keen to get started. After we got the introductions out of the way and discussed expectations and the emerging campaign, we got started on taking the first steps in developing our regional campaign.
Everyone in the room was keen to connect and contribute to ideas. There was a tangible buzz in the air as we started on the group work in earnest. Members from all corners of the region representing the acute, community and mental health sectors, from students and newly qualified up to senior nurses engaged in passionate discussion and debate. Everyone taking turns to have their say and contribute.
Early ideas, draft plans and proposals were gathered up at the end of the day and will be fed back to the England Board for Safe and Effective Care, who will start to pull together ideas coming in from each of the nine regional collaborative events.
In the meantime, there is immediate action that we can all take now. The NHS is currently consulting on possible changes to the law that could make it easier to bring in the big ideas for the health service set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. But there’s a huge gap in what they’re suggesting. The gap is nurses, or rather the lack of them. We are asking patients, their families and the public to join our call for a change to the law to address the shortage of nurses and protect patient care.
Using this quick and easy tool you can let NHS England and NHS Improvement know why the workforce should be a crucial part of their plans. It only takes a minute to fill in, so please help us kick start this vital campaign with a clear message – #safestaffingsaveslives.
Members are and will be the driving force behind this campaign. Please do get involved when and where you can and help make a difference for all members, who are working every day without enough staff to provide a safe working environment and the best care for patients.