A nursing director has defended the move to all-graduate entry nursing, saying it is about “complexity of care rather than elitism”.
Some critics of the move, confirmed by government in November, have said it could restrict entry to the profession and put academic study above more basic skills and compassion.
But Alison Robertson, currently chief nurse at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust and due to take up post as nursing director of St George’s Healthcare Trust in London in January, defended the move.
In a speech at a one-day workforce conference run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, she said: “To my mind graduate entry by 2013 is the right step. Scotland and Wales have already done this and so have midwives; we should be there too.”
She added: “It’s not about elitism; it’s about the complexity of care that we are delivering now and will be delivering in the future.”