Willis Commission - Quality With Compassion: The Future of Nursing Education

Published: 28 November 2012

The Willis Commission report was launched in November at the House of Lords. The report was the culmination of six months’ work examining pre-registration nurse education across all four UK countries.

The panel heard written and oral evidence from key stakeholders and also travelled around the country speaking to clinicians, academics, students, mentors and managers, among others.
Carol Hall, Chair of the RCN Education Forum, said: “We would like to thank Lord Willis and the commission for conducting this extensive piece of work, which has made many pertinent recommendations. 

"It is particularly pleasing that the report recognises the contribution of the graduate nurse to high quality health care delivery. The Education Forum supports the commission’s recommendation regarding close and effective partnership working between education and placement providers.

"This is critical in order to strengthen the clinical placement experience of students and in particular mentorship, The forum welcomes the opportunity provided by the Willis Commission to work together for enhancement of nursing, nurse education and patient care.”
In his report, Lord Willis praised nursing students, and said their ability to articulate  their ambitions and their desire to nurse was “awe-inspiring”.

He added: “We have been both humbled and excited by the enormous dedication, intellect, compassion and altruism that shone through the many submissions and presentations. Indeed the message was the same wherever the commission took evidence throughout the UK – the desire to provide tomorrow’s nurses with the very best opportunities to offer the very best care.”
Copies of the final document can be found on the Willis Commission website and any comments would be welcome. Please email them to gill.robertson@rcn.org.uk