The minimum standard for all nurse pre-registration training should be degree in future, say NHS managers.
This is the view put forward by NHS Employers in its response to the NMC and Department of Health consultations on the future of pre- and post-registration. It echoes that of the RCN but not that of Unison, which says a move to graduate-only nursing would foster elitism.
NHS Employers also said all nurses should have generalist skills and that a third of their practical experience should be obtained in the community.
Additionally, managers were supportive of the government’s proposals for post-registration training along five career pathways or ‘branches’. NHS Employers said they said would offer greater potential for nurses to develop flexible and transferable skills and a broader range of options for nursing careers in a community setting.
Foluke Ajayi, head of NHS Careers and workforce supply at NHS Employers, said: ‘Employers were very clear about how pre- and post-registration nursing should develop in the future and we had a consensus on many of the big issues.’
Read this week’s NT for comprehensive coverage of union responses to the consultations.