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Francis response: No back down on HCA experience for aspirant nurses

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The government response to the Francis report has confirmed that student nurses will need “up to a year” as a healthcare assistant before their degree but does not specify the minimum experience required.

The Francis report itself called for an entry requirement to nurse training of at least three months of direct care under the supervision of a registered nurse.

The initial government response to the report, released in March, took the profession by surprise by extending the time to a year. The move was largely criticised by nursing organisations.

A number of pilot schemes for the proposal have already been announced by Health Education England. The full response Hard Truths says that the pilots will be evaluated to find a way to make the pre-degree care experience both “affordable and cost-neutral”.

The report asserts the view that this pre-degree training will ensure that students will be sure that nursing is the correct career choice and that they will have demonstrated a “genuine” aptitude for caring.

The government’s full response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was published today.

In its response report – Hard Truths: the journey to putting patients first – the government has accepted 281 of the 290 recommendations made by the Francis report in February. 

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  • So would the aspirant students be required to complete the Compulsory Care Certificate mentioned in this article?

    Again, it is not the new nurses who caused MidStaffs, but that doesn't stop the spin put out by the government and media. Perhaps they should all actually read the Francis report?

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