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New recruits to nursing must be 'committed to the cause'


Candidates seeking to join nurse education courses will in future be tested on their values to ensure they are “committed to the cause”, according to the senior nurse at the health service’s new education and training body.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt is director of nursing at Health Education England, which will take on responsibility for overseeing the quality of healthcare education and training from April.  

Speaking last week at the chief nursing officer’s annual conference in Manchester, she admitted to delegates that there had been “noise” going around the system questioning whether nursing courses recruited for values or “just get people from clearing onto the programme”.

“We are going to sort this out and make sure that it’s quite clear across England that we do not recruit people without ensuring we’ve tested them for having the right values,” she said.

“We will ensure that nurses who join our education and training programmes are committed to the cause and are committed to the service they will work in after they graduate,” Ms Bayliss-Pratt added.

She told delegates that educators needed to instil in students “care, compassion and competence”, and the “right thing to do” from “day one” of the course.

“That really is Health Education England’s commitment to delivering the ’six Cs’,” she said, in reference to the new national nursing strategy launched at the conference.

“We will recruit for values, including care, compassion and commitment,” she said. “And we will teach competence, we will increase our focus on communication as a core skill and with your help we will make courage a defining factor of being a nurse.”


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  • What about all those Nurses who have stood up, spoken out and tried to uphold all the values mentioned above ,their reward...ostracised, discredited and ultimately managed out.

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  • tinkerbell

    think i would consider a name change.

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  • Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, I think you need to look at Care, Compassion, Commitment, Communication, Courage and Competence of your current staff and how they treat each other before questioning students.

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  • Tinkerbell, hahaha well said!

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  • you should feel like you can talk to your placement mentor. As I am still at college I am at placement and I feel Like I can talk to my mentor do not be scared to ask for help.

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