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The big question: is the new NHS leadership academy a worthy cause or waste of money?

The new NHS Leadership Academy has £30m to empower nurses with new skills, is it needed? Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine

Jan Sobieraj, interim head of the new NHS Leadership Academy, told Nursing Times that nurses needed to be given specific training on working in community settings, as more services were moved out of traditional acute environments.

It has a budget of £30m and will offer coaching, mentoring, courses and support to emerging and existing leaders.

Do you think it’s needed? Do nurses need more skills? Or is this a waste of time and money? What do you think?

Add your comments and they could be published in the magazine.

Click here to find out more about the NHS Leadership Academy.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Wouldn't it just be cheaper to give hospital staff a couple of days off to work in the community and vice versa, couldn't it be worked into the rota.

    Assuming this is for nurses already working in the community, don't they attend study days anyway?

    I didn't realise that there was 30 million pounds in the NHS budget somewhere just waiting to be used for training.

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  • 'to empower nurses with new skills'

    Is that the correct use of the word empower ?

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  • Anon 4.02
    Just read the NHS leadership website, and Jan Sobieraj uses it in one of their open letters in the same context. The wrong one. I think in this context, they must take it to mean 'waste £30million'.
    Now, if they had said 'new skills empower nurses' that would be the correct use as in authority/strength of position, but you cannot be empowered and then learn new (empowering) skills. it's the cart before the horse. Perhaps the £30 million can be spent on nurse leaders who speak and write good English, (I'm not one of them!) and not the management gobbledegook they come out with 'synergy is the paradigm that prevents us synthesizing' that they themselves only pretend to have knowledge of- ask anyone what they actually mean and if they can explain it to you so that you both understand- they are a good leader, come out with words of 3 syllables or more with syntax that'll make the instructions on a Japanese DVD player seem like Shakespeare -poor leader

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