The prime minister’s new forum on nursing will be made up of frontline staff and also look at standards in social care, health minister Paul Burstow has said.
Mr Burstow was giving evidence last Tuesday to the final session of the Commons’ health select committee inquiry into social care.
He told MPs that while the forum’s creation had been “reported as being primarily about nursing”, it would also look at social care and be called the Nursing and Care Quality Forum. He said it would have a “very clear focus not just on the NHS and quality of care but on the social care sector as well”.
The forum is to be chaired by patient advocate and former nurse Sally Brearley. Although details of the other members are yet to be revealed, Mr Burstow said it would “not be made up of the great and the good, but is actually being made up of frontline staff”.
As revealed by nursingtimes.net earlier this month, the forum will be charged with increasing frontline nursing leadership and ensuring best practice is widely adopted. It is one of a group of measures targeted at nursing announced by David Cameron.