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Francis response: Student nurses to be tested for 'good character'


Potential student nurses are to be tested for “health and good character” before being accepted on to a nursing course, in response to perceived failings in the recruitment process.

The government’s full response to the Francis report states that students will no longer be able to make up for poor performance in one area with strong performance in another as they will be required to pass every assessment in order to qualify.

Value-based recruitment is being developed collaboratively by NHS England, Health Education England and NHS Employers and aims to ensure only nurses with the “right values” will be recruited, this will be assessed through an aptitude test on entry in to the profession. Students will have to continue to prove these values throughout their training and before being allowed to qualify.

These new standards will come in to play from 2014.

Up to £40m is being invested in the NHS Leadership Academy’s leadership development programmes that seek to improve recruitment, retention and training of future nurse leaders.

The Francis report called for an increased focus on nurse education.

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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Readers' comments (3)

  • I didn't realise that they were allowed to progress in spite of failing assessments! That explains a lot. Jeez.

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  • Thay are not! Where do these myths come from? The most common problem is students fail in theory but are passed as having adequate knowledge in practice. University can not fail a student for poor values but placements can but do not.

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  • Good character? Fair enough... good values I disagree with. Everyone's values are different and entirely subjective. That's why we explore them to deliver patient centred care.

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