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THE BIG QUESTION

The big question: should nurses face tests on their values?

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Health Education England has launched a new system of checks designed to test the values of applicants to nursing courses, and potentially qualified staff applying for new posts.

The system of scenario tests and interview questions has been specifically designed to check individuals have the right values to be a nurse.

From next April, all students applying to study a nursing degree in England will face the values-based assessments as part of efforts to help institutionalise a change in culture within the NHS.

HEE, which has developed the new values-based recruitment framework, also hopes it will become standard practice for all employers when recruiting both clinical and non-clinical staff to jobs in the NHS.

Should nurses face tests on their values? Will it help to change culture within the NHS?

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  • No they shouldn't and no it won't.

    The government and hospital managers need to question their own values.

    There is too much paperwork and not enough nurses to do the job properly. When will that be understood by the hierarchy?

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