It’s International Nurses Day today (Thursday 12 May) – a time to look at all the great work nurses do and the difference they make to people’s lives. Being a nurse myself I know how challenging yet rewarding the role can be, especially when you’re helping people and touching their lives at a time when they need your help the most. Those skills you develop stay with you for life – playing an important part in both your personal and professional life – whatever your role.
I have recently been involved with two events where patient involvement figured highly. One was presenting at a conference on patient involvement in education, and at the other I was a participant in the Health Foundation Q Initiative. At both I heard it was a great idea to involve patients – indeed it’s now mandated by Health Education England (HEE) – yet the reality was, for some, very different.