The Conservatives would make nurses’ training more ‘relevant’ to the realities of working on busy wards, party leader David Cameron has said in a live webcast.
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Answering questions submitted online by members of the public at an event on Friday, he said training needed to reflect real life.
He said there was “too much over-academicised training and not enough hands on training, not relevant to what they were doing on the ward.
“We need to look at that and make sure training experiences are relevant.”
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley, who was also in attendance, added that nurses deserved the same levels of structured training as doctors.
He said: “Nurses quite understandably look at the professional education of junior doctors in the way in which it’s organised for them and the career paths…and feel they don’t get that sense of being helped through their career path.
“They have to fashion it for themselves and we have to make sure that if they’re looking for a career path we help them through that. Some hospitals are extremely good at doing that, others aren’t.”