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Nurses asked to participate in major review of education and training


A major review of nurse education and training in England has officially launched a call for evidence to help inform its final recommendations.

The Shape of Caring Review is looking for views on ways education and training needs to improve in order to meet the needs of changing care patterns and delivery over the next 15 years.

“The review needs to understand as many different perspectives as possible”

Lord Willis

The review was set up by national body Heath Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

But it is being led by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Willis of Knaresborough, who will act as an independent chair and who carried out a similar review for the Royal College of Nursing in 2013.

He recently identified some of his key priorities as post-registration training for registered nurses and education for healthcare assistants.

As revealed by Nursing Times in July, Lord Willis has already begun a fact-finding tour that has involved meeting groups of nursing staff at trusts around the country. The review has now seeking to engage more broadly by launching a formal call for evidence and asking nurses and midwives to register their views online.

Evidence is being sought from across the UK on the type of workforce required to respond to future changes and meet the predicted needs of patients and the public, according to a statement from Health Education England.

The review is calling for practical examples around eight key themes:

  • Theme 1: increasing patient/carer voice and service user involvement across education and training Theme 2: valuing the role of the care assistant
  • Theme 3: widening opportunities for care assistants’ career progression, which may include entry to nursing education
  • Theme 4: assuring flexibility in nursing and care assistant education and training of the future
  • Theme 5: assuring high quality practice learning environments which support the development of the future workforce
  • Theme 6: assuring predictable and sustainable access for on-going learning and development for registered nurses
  • Theme 7: supporting and enabling research, innovation and evidence based practice
  • Theme 8: funding and commissioning levers that can support education and training for the future.

Lord Willis said: “This review must answer some important questions on what we need to do to future proof the workforce and equip our staff with the skills they need to work in a changing environment.

Lord Willis

Lord Willis

“In considering these questions, and many others besides, the review needs to understand as many different perspectives as possible,” he said.

“I urge everyone with an interest in the education and training of nurses and care assistants to respond to the call for evidence and make their voice heard on this important issue,” he added.

Visit the review’s website to take part in the call for evidence. The call for evidence will close at 5pm on 17 September.



Readers' comments (9)

  • Where is Sister Plume when you need her? I'm sure she had plenty to say when Project 2000 was first mooted.

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  • Here we go again. Same old same old. Care assistant could also go into other professions. Why is their training linked to nurse education. NMC wont keep register of them. Users & carers have been central to child, learning disabilities & mental health for years. So really its talking about adult.

    Here's a good idea. Why don't we have 4 different types of nurse education that gives the nurses the education they need for the service users they care for namely child, general, learning disability and mental health.

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  • I qualified in the late 1980s as a British born African-Caribbean. From being offered a temporary nursing register post as my first 'job' to leaving nursing, staying in the NHS and returning to nursing last year, little, if anything has clanged. Black staff are not given the same opportunities as white staff and are bullied/mentally tortured by blatant emotional abuse because of fear about how successful we will be. There I said it. Ask the right questions, you'll get the right answers. But so many are scared of being treated even worse than they are already.

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  • Just a point to note there is no such thing as general nursing the 4 fields are adult, child, mental health and learning disability so if we are looking to educate HCA to work in these areas why should their education not also be in these fields. Re progression from HCA to nurse education ...not a problem BUT entry requirements cannot be any different just because you have been a HCA. Post reg education...note education not training should be the responsibility of the individual however training as in mandatory training etc should be provided by the trusts. Staff should however be encouraged and enabled to educate themselves further and incentives to specialisms for those with specialist knowledge be part of ongoing review and individual pay scales. Why do we pay specialist nurses with added responsibilities the same as those without?

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  • Also we MUST address CPD and the need to funnel more nurses into the community for which extra training is generally required- contrary to public and hospital staff belief that all community and practice nurses do is take BPs and do compression bandaging!! If more patients are nursed in the community then we need more nurses to care for them.

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  • "Black nurses are the best in the NHS." "We need more black nurses! And more black staff!" "White, pale skin is a sign of disease!" Hmm??? To the gentleman above - please stop playing the race card. It is pointless

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  • You won't attract anyone to train as a nurse with all the current demands unless a decent salary is offered-it is still abysmal in the UK-it needs to change.

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  • Research inequalities between different ethnicity and the NHS. Institutional racism does present. It is not a race card!
    On the main topic, I woud like to enquire why the concentration is on care assistants to Nursing and why are the other Professionals e.g Physios not advocating nvq onlyt entry instead of bothering with advanced qualifications?

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  • Universities need to start taking hca experience into account instead of concentrating solely on ucas points. This way we may end of up with nurses who really want to nurse and care!

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