Please find below details about a new commission, launched by the Prime Minister to look at nursing and midwifery services in England. If you have any comments, good or bad or your experiences of nursing and what you'd like to see in the future they'd like to hear them.

Prime Ministers Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery

The Prime Minister launched the Commission on March 10, 2009. It will report by March 2010. It covers England, and considers midwifery and all branches of nursing, in all settings, services and sectors. The Commission has been set up to ensure that frontline nurses and midwives have the support, skills, and competencies that they will need to design and deliver 21st century quality services for those that are in need of health and social care and to
promote health and well-being.

Have your say!

The Commission would like to hear your views about nursing and midwifery.
In particular they would like to hear your views on:

1. What are the knowledge, skills and attributes that nurses / midwives
require to take a central role in the design and delivery of 21st
century services?
2. What would you like to see nurses and midwives doing more of and/or
doing differently in the future - whether in peoples own homes, in the
community or in hospital?
3. What might be preventing nurses and midwives from doing this now?
4. How can these barriers be overcome?

The Commission says:
We would like to hear your views on these questions and on any other issues
related to nursing and midwifery which you would like the Commission to
consider. Please respond by Monday 10th August 2009 in order to give the
Commission time to assimilate your views. This date will not be the end of
dialogue, however. We will study all responses and then use them to shape
the Commissions key messages. We will check these messages back through
the website, public events and the media to see whether we have got them
right, which in turn will shape our final recommendations to the Prime
Minister.

The easiest way to submit your views is via the Commissions website,
www.cnm.independent.gov.uk. You can also send written comments by post to
The Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, Department of
Health, 79 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2 NS or by email to
CNMSupportoffice@dh.gsi.gov.uk.