Date: 20th Sep 2016
Buckinghamshire New University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England. Jane, who has held the position since 2012, received the accolade from Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of Bucks New University, in a graduation ceremony on Friday 9 September.
She is the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England (with the exception of public health), introducing the Care Makers initiative and published the '6Cs' and 'Compassion in Practice' in 2012. More recently Jane has collaboratively launched the Strategy for Nursing "Leading Change, Adding Value."
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, who was recognised for her outstanding career in nursing and strong relationship with the University said:
"It is a huge privilege to be awarded the honorary doctorate by Bucks New University and I am delighted to be part of the graduation event. I am so proud to be a nurse and am passionate about our profession. Whatever our particular role is, we can make a real difference and have a critical role to play in compassionate and safe care for patients, whether in direct care-giving, commissioning, policy, research or education."
In a visit to Bucks New University's campus in Uxbridge, Middlesex, last year, Jane commended students who have been important ambassadors of the '6Cs' - care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, commitment - which underpin the aim to provide patients, families and their carers with the best possible care at all stages in their lives.
Jane qualified as a nurse 35 years ago after training at Southmead Hospital in her native Bristol and when she qualified began her nursing career working in accident and emergency.
She achieved her ambition to become a sister and was a clinical nurse specialist by the age of 27. After specialising in Emergency Care, Jane progressed into general management and held a variety of roles including Director of Commissioning, Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive.
Jane moved to NHS North West in November 2007 where she held executive responsibility for the professional leadership of nursing, quality, performance and commissioning. In October 2011, she was appointed to the role of Chief Nurse for the North of England Strategic Health Authority Cluster.
In February 2014, Jane became the National Lead for emergency care which involved working closely with clinical colleagues and NHS managers to agree and implement the 98% operational standard. She has also worked as the nursing advisor for emergency care, and with the Royal College of Nursing to develop the role of nurses and improve the experience and care of patients requiring urgent and emergency care.
Sue West, Dean, Faculty of Society & Health at Buckinghamshire New University said: "Bucks New University is proud to be one of the first institutions that signed up to the Care Makers initiative and that our students have been important ambassadors for the '6Cs'. Jane is an inspiring role model for our students as her aspirations have demonstrated true commitment to the nursing profession and improving patient care outcomes."
Second picture caption: Professor Jane Cummings, right, with Sue West, Dean of the Faculty of Society & Health.
Third picture caption: Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, with Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of Bucks New University.