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.


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.

Full meetings of the forum are held on a quarterly basis. Dates for 2019 are as follows:

During these meetings we hold shared learning sessions to hear about best practice from across the country. Recently this has included:

  • Finance and Quality NHS Devon CCGs
  • Developing the Nursing Associate programme and implementing the role NHS Gloucestershire CCG 
  • Safeguarding compliance in primary care NHS Rotherham CCG
  • Implementing the safeguarding framework NHS Morecambe Bay CCG
  • Frailty management NHS Gloucestershire CCG
  • Care home quality barometer  NHS Bassetlaw CCG
  • Quality & Equality Impact Assessments (QEIA) NHS Devon CCGs
  • Supporting Practice Nursing NHS Devon CCGs
  • Enhanced Surveillance Tools NHS Leeds West CCG


In July 2018 we launched an infographic that showcases the expertise and insight that the executive commissioning nurses can bring for patients, populations and the system, which will be crucial to implementing patient centred care as the NHS moves towards integrated place-based planning.

To coincide with the launch of the infographic the then-chair of the Nurses Forum, Lorna Collingwood-Burke, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS Northern, Eastern and Western (NEW) Devon CCG and NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG, highlighted how a failure to use the expertise of the executive commissioning nurse was a missed opportunity in a blog for the National Health Executive. Allison Cannon, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality, East Surrey and Sussex CCGs blogged in the Nursing Times about the importance of nursing leadership in integrated commissioning.

The forum published a document in May 2016 on The role of the nurse on the CCG governing body. This outlines the nurse 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.


The Nurses Forum has two co-chairs: Dr Marion Andrews-Evans, Executive Nurse & Director for Quality, Gloucestershire CCG; and Jo Harding, Director of Quality and Safety (Governing Body Nurse), Leeds CCG.


For more information and to get involved, please email