I’m Ann Keen, the Chair of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England. In the first phase of our work, I’ve been visiting health services up and down the country and listening to patients, the public and health workers’ opinions about the future of nursing and midwifery. Now, we’re reviewing around 2000 submissions sent in by you and your organisations, representing the views of many thousands of people – a magnificent response. The Commissioners and I will now use these responses to help us shape our view of the future. We’ll test the emerging ideas through various channels, including this website, during the autumn – so watch this space!

Ann Keen MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health Services

Ann Keen MP


Seldom Heard Voices

The Commission has held a Seldom Heard Voices workshop to hear the views of individuals and communities whose views are often insufficiently represented in the development of services.

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Image of nursing doesn’t reflect reality

The public image of nursing fails to reflect the reality and should be updated, according to nurses at a leading West London hospital. barriers to good practice. They also said barriers to good practice included failure by some medical colleagues to recognise their advanced skills, such as prescribing.

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US Initiative on the Future of Nursing

In a move that in many ways echoes the Prime Minister’s Commission, the US Initiative on the Future of Nursing (IFN) was launched on July 14. It is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – a leading philanthropic organization in the US – and hosted by the prestigious Institute of Medicine in Washington DC.

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Students’ Day

The Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery recently held a Students’ Day to learn how people starting out as nurses and midwives viewed their future and how they hope to see it grow. The event was organised in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing.

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Working with disadvantaged mothers

Like other mothers, disadvantaged mothers, consistently call for kind and approachable healthcare professionals with whom they can develop trusting relationships. They want to be treated with respect and dignity. Some mothers do receive this but many do not, writes Kuldip Bharj.

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Visiting Great Yarmouth nurses

Ann Keen MP had the pleasure of speaking to nurses working out of Northgate Hospital and was impressed by how the nurses had been able to take control of services they deliver and take them to the next level. This not only benefitted patients, but also the nurses themselves in the improved job satisfaction they gained.

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