Nurses Forum

The NHSCC Nurses Forum is the independent voice for the commissioning nurse.

The purpose of the Nurses Forum can broadly be divided into three areas; supporting members and sharing best practice, strategic influencing, and strategic leadership. Find out more about the Nurses Forum in our video below.

Chair and steering group

The chair of the Nurses Forum is Lorna Collingwood-Burke, chief nursing officer, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG  and South Devon and Torbay CCG. Through its steering group, the forum is engaged with a number of current nursing specific policy issues such as the Shape of Caring reforms of nursing education and training, the introduction of revalidation, the review of NHS England’s Nursing strategy and ongoing workforce challenges, specifically recruitment and retention.


The functions of the Nurses Forum are:

  • To act as the independent voice for the commissioning nurse providing strategic direction
  • To influence national policy relevant to the commissioning of services and/or related to members’ roles
  • To promote the delivery of high quality patient-centred services by CCGs
  • To disseminate relevant information to the wider forum on a regular basis to improve networking and development.
  • To share learning between members and provide a safe space to discuss issues affecting them.
  • To work closely with other stakeholders to progress the policy agenda.

Read the Nurses Forum’s Terms of Reference.


The Forum published a document in May 2016 The role of the nurse on the CCG governing body. This outlines the nurses role, looks at how this has evolved from what was initially envisioned, and contains a series of top tips for making this work for both the CCG and the nurse. It also includes a number of case study examples of the change that the nurse can make locally.

You can also read a blog on NHS Voices from the Nurses Forum’s previous chair, Jim Connolly, updating on progress one year after the publication of The role of the nurse on the CCG governing body.

For more information on how to get involved, please email