3 Aug 2020, 5:37 p.m.

Today the nursing and midwifery teams at Gloucestershire Hospitals take an important step in delivering a key component of our nursing and midwifery excellence programme. The establishment of our Nursing and Midwifery Excellence (NaME) Collective Leadership Council brings shared decision making to life.

Today the nursing and midwifery teams at Gloucestershire Hospitals take an important step in delivering a key component of our nursing and midwifery excellence programme. The establishment of our Nursing and Midwifery Excellence (NaME) Collective Leadership Council brings shared decision making to life.

Shared professional decision making offers a collaborative, non-hierarchical approach to leadership which can empower nurses and midwives to identify, listen, act and improve outcomes, experiences and use of resources across systems. It can help create and sustain a culture of excellence for colleagues wherever they work, whatever their role.

Professor Steve Hams, Director of Quality and Chief Nurse said: “I am delighted to announce today that Khoboso Hargura – Adichareh a senior direct care nurse has been appointed as Chair of the NaME Collective Leadership Council. Khoboso was chosen by a group of peers supported by Alison Moon one of our Non-Executive Directors. Shared professional decision making offers the opportunity to drive transformational change which, when underpinned by evidenced-based policy, provides as strong collective nursing and midwifery voice.”

Khoboso said: "I am delighted to have been offered this role as this is a fantastic opportunity. Together we can be the change we want to see."

Suzie Cro, Programme Director for Nursing and Midwifery Excellence said: "I am delighted that I will be working alongside Khoboso, as chair, and Charlotte as vice chair in developing our collective leadership approach. Their energy and enthusiasm will be an amazing driving force for change, enabling our frontline colleagues to influence and shape our excellence programmes".

Gav Hitchman, Divisional Director of Quality & Nursing for Medicine, said: “Not only is this a huge well deserved credit to Khoboso bringing a calm and collaborative approach, but this will also allow a more well represented and true reflection of the diverse workforce we have here at the Trust. A huge congratulations from me and I look forward to seeing this leadership council grow from strength to strength with nursing leading the way in an engaged and empowered way."

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of 14 NHS hospitals in England supported by the Chief Nursing Officer for England to complete the Pathway to Excellence Programme ® as part of the national Shared Governance: Collective Leadership programme.

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