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Warning over budget’s failure to address NHS staff CPD funds

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Representatives from health service employers and academic institutions have described the chancellor’s failure to announce funding for staff training as “disappointing”.

In his budget speech today, chancellor Philip Hammond revealed overall financial pledges for the NHS and a commitment to provide “additional funding” for staff pay.

However, while welcoming these commitments, NHS Employers warned that money was also needed to prop up continuing professional developing for nurses and other staff.

“Investment is also needed in training budgets”

Danny Mortimer

The body, which represents health service employers, has repeatedly highlighted its concerns at the steady loss of funds distributed to trusts at a national level, as reported by Nursing Times.

Similar warnings have also been made in recent weeks by the Council of Deans, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and union representatives.

Responding to the budget today, NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer said: “NHS organisations are working hard to address staff concerns and better retain vital skills. But they also need national support.

“Increasing training numbers and improving access to affordable housing are welcome recent interventions to help employers recruit and retain staff,” he said.

But he added: “Investment is also needed in training budgets – known as continuing professional developing or CPD – as well as reform of migration policy and greater flexibility in apprenticeships.”

Brian Boag, associate dean of the University of Salford’s school of health and society, echoed Mr Mortimer’s concerns.

He said: “While welcoming any investment in the NHS, we’re disappointed that no money has been set aside for the ongoing education of nurses.”

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