The Royal College of Nursing’s latest Frontline First report has revealed the NHS has nearly 4,000 fewer senior nurses than it did four years ago.
The RCN warned that “reckless” cuts were “draining valuable leadership, experience and specialist knowledge” from the NHS.
It is the latest update from the Frontline First campaign, which was launched in July 2010 to monitor the impact of NHS efficiency savings targets.
The report reveals that hidden within wider nursing workforce trends is a “significant loss” of 3,994 fewer whole-time equivalent (WTE) staff on Agenda for Change bands 7 and 8 – including senior ward sisters, community matrons, clinical nurse specialists and advanced nurse practitioners.
Why is the NHS suffering a drain in senior nurses? What is the likely impact of fewer senior nurses?
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