The government’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery has met for the first time this week.
Health minister, Ann Keen chaired the Commission on Tuesday, which consisted of leading experts in the field of nursing including Unison head of nursing, Gail Adams, RCN general secretary Peter Carter and chief nursing officer for England, Dame Christine Beasley OBE.
The commission was established in response to more nurses and midwives having greater responsibilities in most areas of clinical care. It aims to consider how to build upon their expanding roles to help them contribute further to delivering high quality health care.
Its key aims include identifying the competencies, skills and support that frontline nurses and midwives need in the design and delivery of current health services.
In particular it will identify any barriers that ward sisters, charge nurses and community team leaders have in their careers.
Ms Keen said: ‘The Commission is clear that there must be effective engagement and communication with key stakeholders, in particular patients and the public in taking our work forward. We are looking forward to listening to their views in the coming months, which will be instrumental in shaping our final report.’
The Commission will report to the Prime Minister by March 2010.