Nurses need to be empowered with new skills to help them move into new settings, according to the head of the NHS’ new Leadership Academy.
Jan Sobieraj, interim head of the academy, told Nursing Times that nurses needed to be given specific training on working in community settings, as more services were moved out of traditional acute environments.
“Nurses have to be trained and supported differently,” he said. “That is clearly going to have to happen to secure improvements in care in the future.”
The former Department of Health managing director of workforce added: “It’s about shifting what they are doing, not about cutting the numbers of staff. We need them to work differently and we need to increase their skills.
“The staff have got to have different sorts of clinical skills to deliver this [transfer of care].”
The NHS Leadership Academy has been created to develop and support health service leaders to deliver better patient care in the next three to five years.
It has a budget of £30m and will offer coaching, mentoring, courses and support to emerging and existing leaders.
Mr Sobieraj said there were good leaders in the NHS but standards were variable. The academy would work with all sections of the workforce, from entry level graduates, middle-grade staff and senior leaders, to develop a “consistent approach” to “professionalising leadership”, he said.