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Splendid Scope for Public Service: Leading the London County Council Nursing Service, 1929–1948

Splendid Scope for Public Service: Leading the London County Council Nursing Service, 1929–1948 Splendid Scope for Public Service: Leading the London County Council Nursing Service, 1929–1948 STEPHANIE KIRBY University of the West of England, Bristol In its landmark 2000 National Health Service (NHS) Plan, the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged that the success of its agenda for re- form and modernization of the NHS depended on the involvement of the staff. Thirty-five thousand extra nurses, midwives, and health visitors were calculated to be necessary, proving that nurses are regarded as a resource vital to a healthcare system. These cover all grades, from newly qualified staff nurses to senior posts such as modern matrons and nurse consultants. These nurses, like all health pro- fessionals in the New Labour NHS, are required to be modern and flexible with no rigid professional boundaries. Targeting nurses as agents of a policy agenda could be viewed as highly de- sirable for nurses. However, it could be asked just how flexible these nurses can be and how they will balance tensions between professional values and political expediency. The successful implementation of policies depends on an adequate labor force. Will the development of a nursing career structure with senior posts aid recruitment and retention of nurses? Politicians http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Splendid Scope for Public Service: Leading the London County Council Nursing Service, 1929–1948

Nursing History Review , Volume 14 (1): 27 – Sep 1, 2006

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Splendid Scope for Public Service: Leading the London County Council Nursing Service, 1929–1948 STEPHANIE KIRBY University of the West of England, Bristol In its landmark 2000 National Health Service (NHS) Plan, the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged that the success of its agenda for re- form and modernization of the NHS depended on the involvement of the staff. Thirty-five thousand extra nurses, midwives, and health visitors were calculated to be necessary, proving that nurses are regarded as a resource vital to a healthcare system. These cover all grades, from newly qualified staff nurses to senior posts such as modern matrons and nurse consultants. These nurses, like all health pro- fessionals in the New Labour NHS, are required to be modern and flexible with no rigid professional boundaries. Targeting nurses as agents of a policy agenda could be viewed as highly de- sirable for nurses. However, it could be asked just how flexible these nurses can be and how they will balance tensions between professional values and political expediency. The successful implementation of policies depends on an adequate labor force. Will the development of a nursing career structure with senior posts aid recruitment and retention of nurses? Politicians

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Published: Sep 1, 2006

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