I write this not to highlight the negatives of our current NHS in crisis, but to address how we can collaboratively work together to save our glorious institution.
I don’t need to talk about our failing health service, I don’t need to talk about the millions of pounds needed from the money tree to keep our beloved institution a float. I don’t need to talk about what the NHS means to Britain and its people, I don’t need to talk about the pressures, the constraints we as healthcare professionals all face.
What we need to talk about is how we can change the future. I don’t think I’m wrong in saying this is without question the hardest time ever to train to be a nurse or midwife.
We’ve lost our bursary, some of us have lost our passion, our dreams of delivering the care we want to. Who do we thank for this? Is it a question of politics? Or has our health service just reached a tremendous plateau of increased life expectancy, a rise in population, increased complex care which have become a potent mix given the current economic climate.
How do we adapt?
Collaboration that’s how!
Collaboration– “A purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.”
I love this definition, it epitomises what I believe is at the heart of what we all signed up for; whether you are a student midwife or student nurse we all have overlapping goals, we all CARE.
We all want to deliver the best care possible whereby it be to a baby on neonatal unit, an Alzheimer’s patient, a child, a patient on a high dependency unit, a labouring woman, they all deserve the same amount of care and compassion.
We are governed by the code (NMC 2015), we all follow the code, are regulated by the code, we all follow the same overlapping objectives -care, compassion and empathy.
As a whole we are truely invincible. We have the power to stand up and fight. We have the power to change OUR NHS !!!
Let’s get to know one another, the roles we represent, the care we provide and how we can support each other. Once we are fully united then I believe we have the power to transform and adapt to the future of our glorious glorious service.