RCN welcomes NHS Future Forum report
- Published on Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:13
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed new proposals from the NHS Future Forum that recommend promoting healthy lifestyles to patients in England
The RCN said that many of its own recommendations have been taken forward as the report includes detailed information about nurse education, public health and regulation.
RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dr Peter Carter said that preventing ill health is one of the key aims of the NHS and the staff who work in it. “Not only does focussing on prevention improve the quality of life of many people, it also saves the NHS money at a time when resources are already extremely scarce,” he said.
The RCN has recognised that nursing staff have a crucial, early-intervention role to play but said that messages alone will not work. The RCN has called for strong leadership to evoke a cultural change in the NHS. “The Government would be well -advised to look at awareness-raising campaigns and other means of improving education around what constitutes a healthy lifestyle,” added Dr Carter.
The RCN also welcomed the report’s recognition of the importance of protecting education and training budgets and called for changes in the regulation of health care assistants.