Trusts in England are spending £1.46bn a year on agency and bank nurse shifts in order to plug gaps in permanent nursing staff, according to a report published today by academics.
Groups representing mental health, learning disability and district nurses have cautiously welcomed the announcement of grants for postgraduates but have asked the government for more details.
Nurses in the Highlands and Islands can now become fully qualified midwives in less than two years, through a new £500,000 pilot scheme, the Scottish government has announced.
Postgraduates choosing to study areas of nursing with the worst recruitment difficulties will be offered “golden hellos” worth £10,000, in a move designed to mitigate losing the bursary.
The University of Hertfordshire is to provide 40 scholarships of £9,000 each to student nurses and other healthcare undergraduates, in a bid to “break down perceived barriers” to entering the professions.
Almost half of universities with pre-registration learning disability nursing courses have discussed terminating their programmes next year due to student recruitment difficulties, a new survey has indicated.
The government will face a vote in the House of Commons later today on its plans to extend the scrapping of the bursary for student nurses in England to postgraduates as well.
Nursing workforce shortages remain the “biggest issue” for the profession right now, with the risk of another situation like that at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust having never gone away, the leader of the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
A college in Lancashire is offering a free course to help nurses and other health professionals brush up on their maths skills.
Gaps in services are now appearing due to learning disabilities nursing workforce shortages while the pipeline of new nurses coming into the specialty is also at significant risk, sparking calls for a national campaign specifically focused on it to boost numbers.