The Report

The Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England has set out the way forward for the professions.

Its final report, published on 2 March 2010, says nurses and midwives must renew their pledge to society to deliver high quality, compassionate care – and must be better supported to do so by their employers.

Commission Chair Ann Keen, presenting the report to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, said England’s nurses and midwives were ideally placed to influence health and improve the experiences of service users and families.

High quality care must move to the top of the NHS agenda in the challenging times ahead, said Ms Keen. A strong statement of commitment to high quality care from all concerned would help to restore public trust. Front-line staff and their employers should state how nurses and midwives will enact their values of compassion, maintain their competence, and become champions of care in hospitals and the community.

The Commission held an extensive engagement programme and studied submissions representing the views of many thousands of people – including the public, service users and front-line staff. Its report reflects the major issues raised and sets out a vision for the future of nursing and midwifery, and achievable next steps. It makes a compelling case for change, to which the Government will respond in due course.

To inform its thinking on the socioeconomic value of nursing and midwifery, the Commission commissioned a rapid systematic review of reviews via the Policy Research Programme at the Department of Health. The report of this research, conducted by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), is available below.