The Health Secretary; Matt Hancock; set out his long-term vision for the NHS ‘Prevention is better than cure’ plan which aims to boost healthy life expectation. The plan promised a funding boost for community and primary care services, as part of a new national strategy on illness prevention. Plus, it recommends that people in England should be told to cut back on alcohol, sugar, salt and fat.
Responding to the Health Secretary, Sue Killen, Interim Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, said: “Preventing ill health is essential to protecting and improving public health across the UK. Nurses and midwives play a vital role in the delivery of preventative care, supporting and enabling people to make informed decisions about their health and advising on ways to better manage their health to maximise their quality of life.
We’re absolutely committed to supporting the delivery of high quality, preventative care. Our brand new education standards, give nurses a much greater understanding across all areas of public health as well as enhanced skills and knowledge in key areas such as technology and genomics. It’s these skills that will enable the nurses of the future to continue to deliver world class care in communities across the country in the years to come.”
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