The Prime Minister’s commission will be chaired by Ann Keen, parliamentary under secretary for health services
Ms Keen, the MP for Brentford and Isleworth in south-west London, joined the commission in 2007.
Speaking to Nursing Times in her first in-depth interview after taking up office, Ms Keen said: ‘Today’s nurses really have the knowledge and the skills to provide the patient care of the present and without question the future.’
She was previously parliamentary private secretary to Mr Brown while he was chancellor and before that parliamentary private secretary to former health secretary Frank Dobson. Before entering politics, she worked as a nurse tutor and as a district nurse.
She was also general secretary of the Community and District Nursing Association and served on the Commons health select committee.
Former nurse and health minister Ms Keen has been chosen to lead the commission because of the perceived success of the development of the NHS Next Stage Review by health minister and surgeon Lord Ara Darzi. As well as the main commission, the commission will benefit from an expert advisory panel including eminent figures such as Baroness Audrey Emerton, and internationally renowned nurse researcher Professor Linda Aiken, from Pennsylvania University.