The “incredible imbalance” between the training budgets set aside for nurses and doctors in England has been challenged by workforce and policy experts as they gave evidence to peers during a session on NHS staff morale.
Nursing associates will be trained to administer drugs “within the confines of local employer policies”, it has been confirmed as the final version of the curriculum for those in the new role was published today – marking a change from a leaked version of the document that was heavily criticised.
The new nursing associate role is something to be “cheerful about” as it will provide both a route to become a higher-level support worker and also into nursing, according to a workforce policy expert.
Degree-level nurse apprenticeships have been hailed as a new opportunity for people deterred by the cost of traditional degrees to still become a nurse by one of the universities helping to develop the new qualification.
A new approach to mentoring that has allowed an NHS trust in Great Yarmouth to double its number of student nurse placements is to be extended across all departments in the organisation, marking further support for the model in the region.
The title of nursing associates should not be used for the new support worker role being introduced by the government in England next year, because it wrongly implies they will be nurses, a peer has warned.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s review of pre-registration standards for education will look at whether the amount of time students spend on placements should be reduced to include more time for simulation, the regulator’s head of policy has said.
Up to 1,000 apprentice nurses could join the NHS each year once the new route into the profession is fully up and running, the government has announced.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that proposals will be developed to make it easier for nurses to move into advanced practice roles.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for more nurses and doctors should be occupying positions “at the most senior levels” of the NHS.