Four health service trusts in Essex have joined forces with a local university to launch one of the UK’s first two-year registered nurse apprenticeship programmes.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has today launched a consultation on its proposals for nursing associate standards of proficiency and the regulation of the controversial new role.
Universities fear plans for a new ranking system that accounts for graduate earnings when assessing the quality of teaching for different subjects could disadvantage nursing courses.
Over 800 students on nursing and other healthcare courses have been affected by a mistake that means their latest loan instalments are at risk, ministers have confirmed.
Just under 500 further trainee nursing associates have commenced programmes in England so far this year, with more than 4,000 expected to begin later in 2018, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Health Education England intends to freeze its national budget for continuing professional development training for nurses, despite its recent commitment to MPs that funding cuts would be reversed.
The national workforce planning body Health Education England has begun a review of community nursing training, following problems filling places on programmes in recent years.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has announced that its new chair of its council will be Dr John Unsworth, head of learning and teaching enhancement at the University of Sunderland.
The number of people from England applying to train as a nurse this year continues to be lower than the same point in 2017, sparking fresh criticism of government ministers for failing to “get a grip on the nurse training situation”.
The skills and ongoing development of the mental health nursing workforce must be recognised, including by nurses themselves, if a new drive to improve services is to be a success, according to a senior NHS leader and nurse.