Nurse education and training review launches bid for evidence
Lord Willis, chair of a major new review into nursing education and training, is to embark on a tour of the country to gather evidence.
The Liberal Democrat peer will travel the country to see examples and learn about the current training of nurses for the review, which was commissioned jointly by Health Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The Shape of Caring review, which will consider pre and post registration education for nurses as well as training for healthcare assistants, will issue a call for evidence from the sector at the end of this month.
Lord Willis, who chaired a commission on pre-registration for nurses for the RCN in 2012, has said the review will focus on continuing professional development.
In an interview with Nursing Times, published this week, Lord Willis said his review is focussed on ensuring the nursing workforce has the skills needed to deliver services in the future.
A series of events have been organised where Lord Willis will hold focus groups with nurses and visit a variety of healthcare settings.
Earlier this month he visited Bristol Local Education and Training Board to meet with nursing staff from bands 1 through to 9.
Last week he also visited an integrated care pioneer in London and went to Cambridge to meet with nurses and discuss mentorship, community palliative care and evaluate pre-registration training in the East of England.
On 28 July Lord Willis will visit Thames Valley before visiting a private hospital in Redbridge on 30 July. In August the review will be in Yorkshire and Humber to visit a nurse-led telehealth hub.
Health Education England told Nursing Times further visits were planned, but yet to be confirmed.
The Shape of Caring review will initially apply only to England. But representatives Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have joined its sponsoring board, which could lead to recommendations being adoped UK wide.