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If you care about training, sign the petition.

Your profession needs you. Not just in the usual way – by being a good, dependable, caring nurse – but in a way you might not have considered yet.

Over half of us do not have access to adequate post-registration training to progress in our careers. Not my words, but those of half the 3,814 nurses who responded to a
recent Nursing Times survey on post-registration training.

So in other words, in the case of every second NHS nurse, the government that runs the profession for which we sweat blood and tears cannot find it in itself to invest in their training – training that will enable nurses to progress their careers, and the care of their patients.

In response to this situation, NT has launched a petition to No 10 Downing Street demanding that multiprofessional education training budgets (a posh way of saying ‘our rightful training money’) be ringfenced.

That would mean it would be spent on exactly that rather than being used as a means of funding trusts’ other financial priorities.

After all, expert care doesn’t just happen without further professional development and our learning doesn’t stop at registration. I know many people, myself included, who have
paid for their post-registration courses themselves.

Look at the furore that’s hit the news over the GP contracts. Can you see them allowing their training budget to be taken out from under their noses?
No you can’t, and you mustn’t let yours continue to be taken either. Whether you are the nurse who has access to training or the one who hasn’t, you must sign this petition. As I said, your profession needs you.

Debbie Gifford, ENT clinical skills sister, Kent & Sussex Hospital

To join the fight to protect post-registration training budgets, click here

For more information, news and features about the campagin, click here

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