Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Nurse education and training review launches bid for evidence


Lord Willis, chair of a major new review into nursing education and training, is to embark on a tour of the country to gather evidence.

The Liberal Democrat peer will travel the country to see examples and learn about the current training of nurses for the review, which was commissioned jointly by Health Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The Shape of Caring review, which will consider pre and post registration education for nurses as well as training for healthcare assistants, will issue a call for evidence from the sector at the end of this month.

Lord Willis, who chaired a commission on pre-registration for nurses for the RCN in 2012, has said the review will focus on continuing professional development.

In an interview with Nursing Times, published this week, Lord Willis said his review is focussed on ensuring the nursing workforce has the skills needed to deliver services in the future.

A series of events have been organised where Lord Willis will hold focus groups with nurses and visit a variety of healthcare settings.

Earlier this month he visited Bristol Local Education and Training Board to meet with nursing staff from bands 1 through to 9.

Last week he also visited an integrated care pioneer in London and went to Cambridge to meet with nurses and discuss mentorship, community palliative care and evaluate pre-registration training in the East of England.

Lord Willis

On 28 July Lord Willis will visit Thames Valley before visiting a private hospital in Redbridge on 30 July. In August the review will be in Yorkshire and Humber to visit a nurse-led telehealth hub.

Health Education England told Nursing Times further visits were planned, but yet to be confirmed.

The Shape of Caring review will initially apply only to England. But representatives Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have joined its sponsoring board, which could lead to recommendations being adoped UK wide.


Readers' comments (4)

  • In the nursing and dementia care home unit where my mother lives there are nurses whose registration I cannot find on a search of the NMC register. The care is sub-standard. I have complained and they have come up with a fictitious claim against me of intimidation and aggression, condoned without proof by Salford CCG and LA whose behaviour is also unlawful. They have banned me from the home and severed my relationship with my 97 yr old mother. Now what do I do?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Anonymous | 23-Jul-2014 8:01 pm

    I could say, 'What??', but my friend had ties severed with her aunt, who was in care. It has come to light that her carer's husband inherited some of her estate, some £5000. Keep up the fight, there are some injustices going on. Good luck x

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • It is time edutionalists stopped telling us what we needed to know and came out to learn from us what people we are caring for. In your cosy university colleagues; stand up and take your place amongst those of us learning from Francis. Get in quick to shape the minds of tomorrow's nurse who will be caring for older people in most instances. They have to be given statistically they are the biggest consumers of health and social care. Make older people's nursing attractive. Make it be what nursing is all about. It is after all the one place nurses can really show off the knowledge and skills that makes them be differrent to all the other disciplines. That showcases our profession.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • michael stone

    Anonymous | 23-Jul-2014 8:01 pm

    Your options seem to be limited.

    Is your mother mentally-capable ? If she is, I think the situation is very complicated.

    If your mum isn't mentally-capable, then is someone 'officially' making decisions about her care and finances ? If there isn't anyone doing that (no Welfare Attorney or Court Deputy) then you could try applying to the Court of Protection to become her Court Deputy: I think that has a cost, and it takes time, but if you could become a court deputy (and it sounds as if various bodies would object, so success would be uncertain) that would put you in a 'stronger position' (although the powers of Court Deputies are limited in comparison to the powers of Welfare Attorneys - but you can't [apply to] become a Welfare Attorney after the 'donor' [your mum} has lost mental capacity).

    It is an unhappy situation to be in, sadly.

    Have you raised your complaint/concerns, with the Care Quality Commission ?

    However, whatever you do, it seems unlikely to do anything other than to make any 'relationship' you have with the care home worse: although it looks as if it has already broken down completely.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs