Heather Henry, co-chair, New NHS Alliance says: “I welcome the collaborative approach to the new nursing framework. It engages not only nurses and ‘people’, but important partners, in particular social care and housing. Public health must progress beyond health promotion, prevention, and protection, towards theories of health creation. This means breaking the nursing tradition from caring for communities to caring with them. Nurses and local people must share the control over public health approaches to create the conditions needed for the most disadvantaged communities to survive and thrive.
“Health inequality is the most significant challenge of our time. We need to get the focus right. I hope we can use this opportunity to significantly narrow the gap in life expectancy between advantaged and disadvantaged communities.
“The focus on health inequalities is the most significant challenge of our age and I hope we can use this opportunity to make a change to narrow the gap in life expectancy. I would like to see more research into social innovation, and entrepreneurship between nurses and the community.”
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