The 20 recommendations made by the Commission covered issues such as how nurses and midwives could improve safety, high quality care and more freedom to manage, commission and run their own services.
Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing conference, below is what was said:
“Nurses and midwives give patients the care, compassion and the benefits of the experience they have – planning and delivering care in a wide range of settings in which they work. As a former nurse, I was pleased to see that the Commission’s report raised the profile of nursing and midwifery but we have to go further.
“Our plans to modernise the NHS aims to deliver high quality patient care with NHS frontline staff at the forefront. Nurses and midwives must be given the opportunity to shape and improve care in their area.
“The Government has launched an exercise to pause, listen, reflect on and improve our NHS Modernisation plans. This is a real opportunity for nurses and midwives to help us build a dynamic future for nursing and midwifery and make sure that the NHS is safe for future generations.”
The Government’s response to Frontline Care includes the following recommendations:
- more autonomy for nurses and midwives;
- a new contractual right for staff to raise their concerns direct to the Care Quality Commission;
- increase the number of health visitors;
- to have a director of nursing in the Department of Health with a greater public health focus and a chief nursing officer on the NHS Commissioning Board.;
- to hold NHS organisations to account for the development of skills for nurses and midwives;
- to develop leadership fellowships for nurses and midwives to ensure that leadership talent in nursing and midwifery is spotted and nurtured; and
- to ensure that there are nationally funded clinical academic training schemes to help nurses and midwives progress into stimulating research careers.