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Your 5 minute news summary: 1 October 2016

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Unions have called for the government’s 1% public sector pay rise cap to be broken and for NHS staff to receive an above-inflation uplift in their salaries instead. They said this increase was needed to help ease the nurse recruitment and retention crisis.

A new national credentialing scheme for advanced nurse practitioners is set to be piloted from November. The voluntary scheme, developed by the Royal College of Nursing and due to be fully launched next year, has been designed to ensure the role is better recognised by employers as well as assuring patients of nurse expertise.

The number of nursing associates trained in the first phase of the new role’s introduction is set to be doubled with 2,000 people expected to start on the programme from January, Nursing Times understands.

Meanwhile, an assessment of whether the role should be regulated is being carried out by the body which oversees the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators. The Professional Standards Authority is expected to report back to the Department of Health in the coming weeks.

At an NMC council meeting this week it was agreed that new education standards for midwifery are to be brought in by September 2020, with some universities having the option to run revised courses under the new requirements a year earlier.

Concerns have been raised over student nurse funding in Wales, with accusations by Welsh Assembly members that the government is “dithering” over whether to continue providing bursaries. Health secretary for Wales Vaughan Gething said bursary arrangements would continue for 2016-17 and that further details on education funding would be announced later this autumn.

Health visiting teams can make use of a new toolkit to measure the outcomes and impact of their practice. The guide, produced by the Institute if Health Visiting and published as part of Health Visitor Week, has been designed to demonstrate their value to local commissioners.

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