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NHS managers back all-graduate nursing


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.


Readers' comments (5)

  • If deploma standards are expected I want the cash for this, I am currently a student training via the ou and believe its far too academic

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  • If they want nursing to be all graduate then they should provide the necessary support to students to fufill the academic requirements and degree nursing students should recieve the same financial support during their studies. There is no incentive to study at degree level when you will graduate with debt and will be paid the same salary as a diploma nurse.

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  • i am currently i student on the diploma course, i have children that i HAVE t feed,clothe and cost money to survive...... i regularly skip meals and go without because my bursary doesn't cover the cost of living. but the diploma paid more, if the only option was the degree course i wouldn't be doing my training.... and nor would a lot of my student collegue that i've chatted to about this subject

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  • The majority of students in my cohort can apply for the degree course but opted for the dipolma because of the bursary difference. Not one person out of 140 students is taking the degree pathway.

    It makes me angry that you should take a cut in bursary especially when it is payment for 'working' on placements and dipolma & degree do the same amount.

    I want to specialise and it means I will have to top-up before hand.

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  • I 'm just about to finish my final assignments for the degree pathway (phew!!) I had to drop to a means tested bursary though in the final year, which meant that I had to take out a student loan. On my cohort 25 chose the degree pathway but half opted out when they looked into the finances. We have had the same amount of placement time as the diploma students but all told have submitted 15,000 extra words in our assignements with no extra study time. This needs to be better thought out for future students as it has been really tough.

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