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Staff development vital to realise NHS reforms

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Training and developing the current workforce is vital to realise the future goals of the NHS, a leading nurse academic has warned.

If the health service is to reform by the middle of the next decade, with more treatment of patients closer to home and more disease prevention, giving adequate training opportunities to the existing workforce is vital, Sue Bernhauser, vice chairperson of the Council of Deans for Health, said at a conference in London last week.

‘If we don’t invest in existing staff then these recommendations are not going to be realised,’ she said.

Also speaking at the conference, Janice Sigsworth, deputy chief nursing officer for England, said she was optimistic that some central funding would accompany the Modernising Nursing Careers programme when it was introduced.

But she cautioned that it was unlikely to be enough to cover the full cost of post-graduate training for everyone. ‘Time for training will be funded,’ she said. ‘I am optimistic that we will get funding for post-registration career pathways.’

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