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Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery April 30 Day Challenge Resource Pack

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Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery April 30 Day Challenge Resource Pack - Arrange a meeting with your MP

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Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery April 30 Day Challenge Resource Pack

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  2. 2. About the challenge April’s 30 Day challenge aims to help nurses and midwives develop working relationships with their MPs to build positive perceptions of the profession. We’d like this to lead to strategic improvement in how MPs reflect and respond to the professions in their work. The challenge focuses on a call to action - to arrange a meeting with your MP and to ask them to: • Help shape or contribute to a potential event at that is being planned at Portcullis House in October • To pledge to build positive perceptions of the profession by signing a Commitment Card (see page 13 – this is designed to be printed out for a photo opportunity during your meeting) • To have their picture taken with you to show that they are supporting Nursing Now England or Transforming the Perceptions of Midwifery This resource has been co-created with MPs, parliamentary advisors and nursing and midwifery ambassadors. Thank you to all who have contributed. 2
  3. 3. Meeting with your MP Meeting with your Member of Parliament (MP) has been identified as a key area for ambassadors to build positive perceptions of nursing and midwifery because of the influence that they have. The UK is divided into 650 areas called constituencies, and each constituency is represented by one MP. Your MP is your representative in government and is a figurehead for your local area. MPs will generally only act on behalf of people who live in their own constituency, so please check you are contacting the right MP for your address. You can use your postcode or a place name to search the Find your MP service and find out the name of your MP and how to contact them. 3
  4. 4. How to make contact with your MP Writing is probably the best method, as it provides a written record that can be referred to later. You can: • Write a letter to your MP at: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA • Email them using the contact details in the Directory of MPs Remember: always include your own address when you write to your MP so that they will know you live in their constituency. If writing is not possible or you just want to ask a quick question or make an appointment, you can telephone your MP’s office: • To telephone their office at the House of Commons, call 020 7219 3000 and ask to be put through to their office giving your MP’s name • To phone your MP at their local constituency office, you will find the contact details at your local town hall or library, or it may be given in the Directory of MPs 4
  5. 5. Where and how will you meet? It is best to meet face-to-face. Your MP may like to spend some time with you and your team in your clinical area to understand more about your work. Get in touch with your organisation’s communication team about the visit, as they will be able to support you with making the arrangements and potentially getting some press coverage. You’ll also be able to get a photo of the MP with their pledge (see slide 12)! 5
  6. 6. Preparing for the meeting • Being well-prepared for the meeting is really important. MPs work to rigid time schedules and will usually need to arrive and leave at the agreed time. • This means you’ll need to plan your time together carefully. Make sure you have prepared your organising statement (see page 8) and your story, and allow time for conversations too. • Your MP will be interested in you and your activities in the constituency – make sure you talk about these at the beginning of your time together. See slide 8 for more advice on having a productive conversation. • Prepare an influence plan (see page 7). We’d suggest you sit down with colleagues to brainstorm the plan well in advance of the meeting. • Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! 6
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  8. 8. Creating Your Organising Statement The purpose of an Organising Statement is to articulate clearly and succinctly what you want to achieve, how, why, and when. Your Organising Statement will help you to shape your conversation with your MP; you can refer back to it during the visit to ensure you are on track. Here are some key sentences for structuring an Organising Statement: I am organising (Who are you organising with?) : e.g. fellow nurses/midwives to: (What is your goal?) e.g. to transform the perceptions of nurses and midwives so that we can have a seat at the decision table; to encourage more young people in to nursing; to improve recruitment and retention (you might like to include a specific issue for your organisation or area). We’d like our MP to help us achieve this by making a pledge, or committing to attending the proposed meeting at Portcullis House (see page 2). through: (How will we do it?) e.g. inviting our MP to have a conversation with us, to visit our workplace, and understand more about what we do. by: (when will we have accomplished this by?) e.g. the end of December Here is a suggested one for Nursing Now England: I am organising Nursing Now England and Future Midwifery Ambassadors to meet with their local MP to generate pledges for building positive perceptions of the professions. 8
  9. 9. During the meeting Below are some tips for having a meaningful and productive conversation with your MP. This is not a rulebook to be read from, or done verbatim. These steps are guide for important things you need to cover in order to build a strong relationship for action: • Introduce yourself and your organisation • Explain why you are meeting and establish your credentials • Clarify the time and structure of the meeting and ask for their consent for photos • Give your two minute story to explain why you’ve asked for the meeting, and what you’d like to achieve • Ask them to tell you about themselves. ‘So, tell me about you’ • Be quiet and let them speak! • Ask ‘why’ questions – find issues that make them angry • Tell them stories about your work to illustrate how your MP can get involved • Agree next steps • Say thanks, and get contact details • Evaluate – What is their self interest? 9
  10. 10. After the meeting – follow up • Follow up your meeting with a thank you letter or email, detailing key actions and activities for follow up or noting. • Keep in contact with your MP and let them know if things happen locally that you know that they are particularly interested in getting involved with. • Post about it on Twitter – use the hashtags #NursingNowEngland and #FutureMidwifery • Write a blog with your reflections about the visit. 10
  11. 11. After the meeting - Evaluation Arranging a meeting with your MP Date: Question Your reflection How did the meeting feel for you? What happened? (Often people will have different perspectives on what took place or may have just missed things. Starting by getting an accurate account of what happened will help for the rest of the reflection). Did you follow your plan of action? Yes – great! If no, why not? 11 These are some points to think about with your team. These reflections may be useful for your revalidation. (continued overleaf)
  12. 12. Evaluation continued 12 Question Your reflection What was the reaction to our Organising Statement? Did we achieve our goal from the meeting? Were there any surprises? What did we learn? Would we do anything differently next time? What are our next steps? What do we need to make these things happen?
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