Nursing and midwifery leadership is vital to the delivery of safe and effective person-centred care. Due to the huge breadth of the Ward Sister/Charge Nurses role the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) in 2009, asked NIPEC to facilitate, on behalf of the DHSSPS and the Executive Directors of Nursing, a Regional "Leading Care" Project to support and strengthen the role of the Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses in Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts throughout Northern Ireland.
NIPEC worked in close collaboration with the HSC Trusts and range of stakeholders to progress the project and develop a range of regionally agreed resources including a:
- Job Description
- Competence Assessment Tool Career Pathway Learning and Development Framework
- Website for Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses - www.nipec.hscni.net/wardsister
Considerable investment has been expended to ensure these resources have become embedded in practice including, the appointment of Professional Officers within each Trusts. In light of the investment to the project and the work undertaken to develop the resources, the Acting CNO asked NIPEC during 2013 to measure the impact of the resources from the Leading Care Project across the five HSC Trusts.