The Department of Health is set to appoint a number of new members to the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing Times has learnt.
The new commissioners, who are set to be announced this week, will be primarily drawn from across the regions and from black and minority ethnic background as part of a bid by the government to diversify the commission membership.
Until now, the commission has had 16 members from a range of nursing and NHS backgrounds. However the majority are based in London and the South-East, and Donna Kinnair, director of nursing at Southwark PCT, is the only commissioner from a BME background.
Last week Jane Salvage, visiting professor of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College, London, stepped down as a commissioner in order to instead become head of the commission’s support office.