Phillips Ives Nursing & Midwifery Review launches

This week HTN attended the launch of The Phillips Ives Nursing & Midwifery Review, which will explore the digital readiness of the nursing and midwifery workforce and prepare them to deliver the digital future.

The review is set to determine the needs of the workforce in delivering this during the next 5, 10 and 20 years, through a year-long study which will produce a set of recommendations to help ensure that staff are empowered to practice and lead in a digitally-enabled health and care system, and that their practice is fully supported by use of digital technology and data science.

Firstly, the launch identified the vision of CNIO (Chief Nursing Information Officer) at NHS England: “Nurses and midwives are fundamental to the effective digital transformation of health and social care. Thus, the vision of the CNIO programme is to provide them with the tools and capabilities to effectively lead and deliver patient care in this environment.”

The hosts went on to explain why the Phillip Ives review is happening now. It follows the 2021 Digital Maturity Assessment, which was completed across seven regions to understand the breadth of roles, responsibilities, education and practice of nursing and midwifery digital health teams. Earlier this year, the ‘What Good Looks Like for Nursing’ added success measures to drive digital transformation in nursing practice.

The review will address four key questions:

  • How are technological and other developments likely to change the roles and functions of the nursing and midwifery workforce?
  • What are the implications of the size, shape and skills of this workforce?
  • What does this mean for selection, curricula, education, training, development and lifelong learning of the current and future nursing and midwifery workforce?
  • What are the considerations for inclusion, equality and diversity?

Work undertaken as part of the review will fall under one of seven key themes: artificial intelligence and data science; nursing in place-based health and social care system; emerging technologies and opportunities; professionalising the specialist digital nursing and midwifery workforce; workforce planning; preparation for practice; and genomics.

There will be three panels, each made up of co-chairs, subject matter experts, educationalist, nursing and midwifery fellows and patient representatives, supported by an ethicist, health economist and review team.

The hosts moved on to discuss the timeline of the review. June and July will see the gathering of evidence, with interim reports set to be written by September and undergo consultation in October and November. By February 2023 we can expect to see the final report written which will be circulated for system-wide engagement over the next two months, with aims to publish it in May next year along with a five year roadmap.

Feedback from staff is appreciated and welcomed, with individuals encouraged to offer input on their own expertise and areas of interest, along evidence of reports, research or ongoing projects that can inform the review. Events will be set up to facilitate discussion and sharing of knowledge.

The Phillips Ives Review webpage will be updated with developments and staff can also get involved by emailing