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CapitalNurse is a programme of work being delivered through collective action across London, and it belongs to all nurses in the capital.

CapitalNurse was established in July 2015 and is funded by Health Education England. It is jointly lead by Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement.

CapitalNurse’s vision is to ‘get nursing right for London’; ensuring that London has the right number of nurses, with the right skills in the right place, working to deliver excellent nursing wherever it is needed.

The outputs of CapitalNurse are designed specifically for London nurses, but many of these also have the potential to be used with positive impacts for other workforce groups, and in other geographies.

For general enquiries please email capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk.

Nursing London

Find out more about the Nursing London film below.

Chris Caldwell, Programme Director and Director of Nursing at the Tavistock and Portman
Chris has over twenty years’ experience in the NHS, higher education and health policy.  She has been the Dean of Healthcare Professions at Health Education England since 2013 and her previous roles include Deputy Director of Education and Assistant Chief Nurse at Great Ormond Street, Programme Manager at the Department of Health, and Programme Director at the Royal College of Nursing. She is a registered children’s nurse.

Andy Mattin, Executive Director of Nursing, Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust and senior responsible officer for employability workstream 
Andy has worked in the NHS since 1983, holding various nursing and management posts in London and the East of England. He has a wide range of experience in health and social care organisations. Andy has held roles in the commissioning, providing and performance management of services. He has a particular interest in service user and carer experience

Claire Johnston, Programme Director for north central London and senior responsible officer for the retention workstream
Claire Johnston is the senior responsible officer for the retention workstream and programme director for CapitalNurse with in the north central London STP.
Claire has been a Director of Nursing in London for 20 years and is also an honorary clinical professor of nursing at Middlesex University.  Claire has held a several national roles which include the community care taskforce at the Department of Health and as a national advisor in primary care and community nursing at the RCN.

Debbie Jurasz, Deputy Director of Education, Barts Health

Sinead Mehigan Head of Department, Adult, Child and Midwifery RGN BA (Hons), PGDE, PhD
Sinead is the head of the Adult, Child and Midwifery Department at Middlesex University and SRO for CapitalNurse training workstream. Sinead’s department run pre and post registration programmes for adult, child and veterinary nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers. Her clinical background is in perioperative nursing. Over her career, Sinead has held positions in clinical practice, clinical commissioning and as an academic. Her academic interests include leadership, anaesthetic and perioperative nursing, mentorship, preceptorship, workforce development, nursing retention and supporting learners in practice.

The CapitalNurse programme is responsible to the CapitalNurse board. Our board members are:

Oliver Shanley, Chief Nurse for London, NHS England (London Region) and NHS Improvement. CapitalNurse Senior Responsible Officer
Therese Davis, Chief Nurse, Health Education England. CapitalNurse Senior Responsible Officer.
Jane Clegg, Director of Nursing, NHS England (London Region)
Ben Morrin, Director of Human Resources, University College Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust
Kathryn Jones, Dean of Health Education, Health Education England
Louise Morton, Dean of Health Education, Health Education England (south London)

CapitalNurse is a programme of collective action between Directors of Nursing and HR Directors from service providers, Health Education England, NHS England, NHS Improvement, education providers, STPs, trade unions and professional organisations. 
This group have agreed to collaborate and work together to deliver the programme’s mission on behalf of the people of London.

By opting in, our collaborators have committed that they and their teams will to work together to help meet the aims of the programme, set out in this charter.

CapitalNurse was established in July 2015 by the London Chief Nurse and the Health Education England Regional Director and is jointly sponsored by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Why was the film made?

Nursing London is a celebration of, and thank you to, London’s nurses and was developed to inspire nurses of all ages and all backgrounds to work in London, whether that is continuing to care for patients in the capital, moving here, or staying after studying. It was also designed to challenge stereotypes and encourage people to consider a career in nursing, by showcasing the variation in roles and clearly demonstrating the four fields of nursing – adult, children’s, learning disabilities and mental health.

How was the film made?

Nursing London is a cinematic celebration of why London is such a vibrant city to live and work in, showing the realities (both the highs and the lows) of working as a nurse in the capital. It is based on the stories of more than 65 London nurses, who shared their experiences of being a nurse in the capital via a survey and group interviews. Some of these nurses feature in the film.   

It was shot in 17 locations, including three London hospitals, parks, a pub, a museum, a boxing gym, a theatre, an open top-bus and the London underground. Many individuals, organisations and artists contributed to the creation of the film offering goods and services for free or at significant discount, to thank the nurses of London.

How can the film be used?

We want as many people as possible to view the film. Its energising soundtrack, featuring award winning London based artists Rudimental with their track ‘Not Giving In’ and Chase and Status' ‘Alive’, cements the inspirational tone of the film making it a great way to start and end workshops, events, and even meetings, to celebrate London nurses. It can also be taken into schools and careers fairs to encourage young people to consider a career in nursing.

The overriding response from nurses so far has been that it makes them feel proud, with others feeling better informed and inspired by what nurses do.

We want to use the film to raise the profile of nursing across the capital, at all levels, so please share and promote it as widely as you can.

If you want to speak to someone about the film, including using or promoting it, please contact us at: capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk.

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