Ministers could end free university education for student nurses in a bid to boost the numbers joining the NHS workforce, under proposals put forward by national education bodies.
Top nurses have called upon leaders in the profession to strengthen the sector’s voice at a political level, with one claiming “Carry On” film stereotypes about nursing still remain in places.
The fall in the size of the primary care and community nursing workforce over recent years has been described by a leading GP as a “tragedy” that the NHS is only just beginning to recover from.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute will launch two initiatives next year to support the “pressing need for excellent practitioners to lead our community nursing services”, its chief executive has said.
Concerns have been raised about the robustness of the English language test being proposed to check that all overseas nurses are competent to work in the UK.