There is a need to raise public awareness of the modern roles and skills of nurses and midwives, according to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery.
The commission held its first public listening event last week in Manchester, meeting around 50 members of the public.
As well as raising awareness of modern nursing, key themes that emerged included the need to improve recruitment and retention of nurses and midwives, increase patient-centred service provision, and develop the public health role of nurses.
The commission also held its third formal meeting last week. As well as discussing progress on its five workstreams, commissioners debated why the NHS had made insufficient progress on removing barriers to effective nursing and midwifery leadership.
|The commission’s five workstreams|
|* Quality and innovation|
|* A new story of nursing and midwifery|
|* The socioeconomic value of nursing and midwifery|
|* Helping and hindering forces|
|* Workforce, education and leadership|