Celebrating our amazing nurses

Nurses from across Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust came together last week to celebrate all that’s great in nursing.

The event, held at Rheged, marked the launch of a new national nursing framework and provided a chance to celebrate all the great work that’s happening across Cumbria. Dr Sara Munro, Deputy CEO and Director of Quality & Nursing, opened the event with a personal story:

“As the pressures on the health system mount there has never been a better time to reflect and remind ourselves why we became nurses. For me it was other nurses who inspired me and made me think “I want to be like you.” It’s important that this continues and we act as role models to inspire the next generation of nurses.”

Patient stories were used throughout the day to demonstrate the real impact of our nurses, with one patient describing just how much the little things, such as a smile, really mean. Lesley Dodd, Senior Quality & Safety Lead, said:

“We’re all committed to the same goal, providing the best quality care for our patients. It’s been great to hear what this means directly from patients and to see the difference we make.”

The new nursing framework sets out 10 commitments for nursing, midwifery and care staff and encourages a culture of learning and openness. Alison Brown, Deputy Director of Quality and Nursing, explained what this means for the Trust.

“We’ve placed a big focus on developing an open culture where mistakes are seen as opportunities to develop and improve. We never stop learning and the event was about celebrating that.”

Delegates were asked to look at how the 10 commitments can be implemented in Cumbria and this feedback will influence new ways of working in the Trust. There’s already lots of great work happening to improve the quality of patient care and this was shared through presentations and display stands.

Dr Sara Munro closed the event by reminding everyone of the importance of taking time out to reflect:

“We all need to remember why we do what we do. Today was all about being able to say “I’m proud to be a nurse. I know I make a difference.””