A major review of nurse education and training in England has officially launched a call for evidence to help inform its final recommendations.
The Shape of Caring Review is looking for views on ways education and training needs to improve in order to meet the needs of changing care patterns and delivery over the next 15 years.
“The review needs to understand as many different perspectives as possible”
The review was set up by national body Heath Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
But it is being led by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Willis of Knaresborough, who will act as an independent chair and who carried out a similar review for the Royal College of Nursing in 2013.
He recently identified some of his key priorities as post-registration training for registered nurses and education for healthcare assistants.
As revealed by Nursing Times in July, Lord Willis has already begun a fact-finding tour that has involved meeting groups of nursing staff at trusts around the country. The review has now seeking to engage more broadly by launching a formal call for evidence and asking nurses and midwives to register their views online.
Evidence is being sought from across the UK on the type of workforce required to respond to future changes and meet the predicted needs of patients and the public, according to a statement from Health Education England.
The review is calling for practical examples around eight key themes:
- Theme 1: increasing patient/carer voice and service user involvement across education and training Theme 2: valuing the role of the care assistant
- Theme 3: widening opportunities for care assistants’ career progression, which may include entry to nursing education
- Theme 4: assuring flexibility in nursing and care assistant education and training of the future
- Theme 5: assuring high quality practice learning environments which support the development of the future workforce
- Theme 6: assuring predictable and sustainable access for on-going learning and development for registered nurses
- Theme 7: supporting and enabling research, innovation and evidence based practice
- Theme 8: funding and commissioning levers that can support education and training for the future.
Lord Willis said: “This review must answer some important questions on what we need to do to future proof the workforce and equip our staff with the skills they need to work in a changing environment.
“In considering these questions, and many others besides, the review needs to understand as many different perspectives as possible,” he said.
“I urge everyone with an interest in the education and training of nurses and care assistants to respond to the call for evidence and make their voice heard on this important issue,” he added.
Visit the review’s website to take part in the call for evidence. The call for evidence will close at 5pm on 17 September.