Prime Minister welcomes Commission’s report

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has welcomed the Commission’s final report, the culmination of a year-long review during which nurses, midwives, members of the public and other stakeholders shared their views on the future of the professions.

Commission Chair Ann Keen presented the report, Front line care: Report by the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England, to Mr Brown during a meeting at Downing Street on 2 March 2010. He thanked the Commissioners for their hard work, and extended his thanks to everyone who contributed.

The Commission was established in March 2009 to explore how the nursing and midwifery professions could take a central role in the design and delivery of 21st century services in England. It built on Lord Darzi’s 2008 report of the NHS Next Stage Review, High Quality Care for All, and considered all branches of nursing as well as midwifery, in all settings, services and sectors within and outside the NHS.

This is the first overarching review of nursing and midwifery in England since the Committee on Nursing chaired by Asa Briggs, now Lord Briggs of Lewes, reported in 1972.

This report endorses important existing directions of travel and identifies new ones, and where necessary proposes to accelerate the pace of change. It adds new thinking about how best nursing and midwifery can support service users, families and local communities.

The Government has committed to a full Government response in due course.