LOGIC March 2018 Vol 17 Vol 1 - Page 35

Snippets from NZ College of Primary Health Care Nurses’ National Committees meeting 23rd February 2018 At the last meeting of the PHC National committees in Wellington, the attendees were pleased to have Jill Clendon, the Acting Chief Nursing Officer in the Ministry of Health join the meeting. Jill outlined changes happening in the Ministry of Health and Chief Nursing Office. Jill will be Acting Chief Nursing Officer until a replacement is found as Jane O’Malley who has been in the role since 2010 has become the first Chief Nurse at Plunket New Zealand (NZ). There will be a new Director General of Health and a new position, Advisor to the Primary Health Care Team is being created to advise Chief Medical Officer. Jill spoke about the Primary Health Care review which will take place later this year. Jill has made recommendations of primary health care nurses to be members of an advisory group. Primary health care nurse leaders across the country have begun preparing for the review to ensure the consumer voice is represented and improving access to primary healthcare is a key consideration. Primary healthcare nurses work in urban, rural and provincial New Zealand and in sectors such as Aged Care, Mental Health and Youth Health services. These are all government priorities. Concerns were raised with Jill relating to the staff and remuneration of midwifery colleagues. The Midwifery Council has presented its co-design project recommendations to the Minister. There is no indication of how this has been received. Jill made reference to Lord Crisp‘s NHS Triple Impact of Nursing (2018) report. This report shows how developing nursing can lead to health improvement, gender equality, and strengthening economies. A global campaign for nursing “Nursing Now” is just being launched in the UK. Jill also reflected on the legislative changes to the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act that have enabled Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners (NP) to perform activities that were previously only for Medical Practitioners. These changes have allowed nurses to develop their roles and provide increased access to healthcare, an example being able to provide sickness certificates. Later Carolyn Reed, Chief Executive/Registrar and Pam Doole, Director of Strategic Programmes from the Nursing Council of New Zealand joined the meeting. Carolyn advised that Nursing Council is starting their 5 yearly strategic review cycle. A comprehensive review was undertaken of Nurse Practitioner roles with the result that no longer will NPs be restricted to specific areas of practice. Instead they will practice within their area of competence and experience. There are now 187 Registered Nurse Prescribers across NZ, with the community nurse prescribing evaluation from Counties Manukau DHB starting this month. Future work for the Council will include reviewing how best to prepare internationally qualified nurses. Looking at language, culture, competency assessment and transitioning to the NZ health system. Of the 3,000 newly registered nurses in 2017, half were NZ graduates. The majority of the internationally qualified nurseswere from the Philippines or India and overall 27% of the nursing workforce is internationally March 2018 qualified. L.O.G.I.C 33