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Green Templeton College | Oxford

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Lord Nigel Crisp

Green Templeton College Principal Professor Denise Lievesley and Lord Nigel Crisp hosted a meeting and dinner at Green Templeton College on 13 November to kick-off discussions on how the Oxford community might develop links with Nursing Now!, a three year global campaign to promote nursing which will be launched early in 2018. Nurses are the largest part of the health workforce globally and make an enormous contribution to improving global health. However, they are systematically undervalued and under-utilised and could do much more - and want to do so. The campaign aims to raise the status and profile of nurses globally and maximise the contribution that nursing makes to Universal Health Coverage, women’s empowerment, and economic development. The campaign is run in association with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses and is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing. It has already secured a commitment from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to appoint a senior nurse to the WHO. This commitment was implemented in October 2017 with the appointment of Mrs Elizabeth Iro from the Cook Islands Ministry of Health as the new Chief Nurse for the World Health Organization.

A group of GTC fellows and guests from the Saïd Business School, KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Oxford Brookes University, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust gathered to hear Lord Nigel Crisp, chair of the campaign, and Dr Jane Salvage, independent nursing consultant and nurse adviser on the Triple Impact report, outline their planning so far on the campaign. This led to a discussion on how best to strengthen senior leadership in nursing, how to develop policy, and how nursing can act as a route for women's empowerment. The timing was very helpful as it gave an early opportunity to explore how these issues might link with the new GTC academic initiative on the Future of Health & Care.

The Triple Impact report highlighted how developing nursing globally will help towards achieving universal health coverage. Nurses are half the workforce (20.7m nurses & midwives among estimated 43.5m health workers) but are undervalued and underutilized, meaning they are not able to use their skills to the fullest. Nurses can therefore act as part of the solution - by developing nursing you will:

  • Improve health;
  • Promote gender equality;
  • Strengthen economies.

Further information, including the Triple Impact report that is the foundation of the campaign, is available here.

The meeting was an opportunity to share ideas during the planning stage and the group will consider how different communities in Oxford might be mobilised to work with campaign during its three-year duration when it formally launches in 2018.

The meeting was attended by:
Nigel Crisp, independent crossbench member of the House of Lords, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.
Sue Dopson, Academic Director of the Oxford Diploma in Organisational Leadership, Associate Dean of Faculty at the Saïd Business School
Peter Drobac, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School
Nick Fahy, Senior Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Bruno Holthof, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Nick Hicks, Associate Fellow and Chair of Management in Medicine at Green Templeton College
Jane Hirst, Senior Fellow in Perinatal Health, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Debra Jackson, Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brooked University
Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health Research, Nuffield Department of Medicine
Denise Lievesley, Principal, Green Templeton College
Jacinta Nzinga, Researcher, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine
Jane Salvage, independent nursing consultant and nurse adviser on the Triple Impact report
Liz Westcott, Department Head Nursing, Oxford Brookes University