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Time Out For Training

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NT is running a major campaign, Time Out For Training (TOFT), to help ensure nurses receive the training they deserve. Over the next six months NT will be encouraging you to get involved in this important campaign. So what’s it all about?

As exclusively revealed in NT, more than half of nurses who responded to our recent survey believe they are receiving inadequate levels of training (see link to news story).

The situation is so severe that one in ten nurses say they want to quit the profession over the issue, with two-thirds receiving less than ten days training in the last 12 months.

The lack of commitment to post-registration education is a direct result of strategic health authorities using training budgets to balance their books – a trend which began in 2005.

With future career development and patient safety both in jeopardy, TOFT aims to:

  • Persuade trusts to guarantee sufficient training time and staff back-fill is set aside to maintain career progression and patient safety

  • Put pressure on the government to bring back ring-fencing of training budgets

  • Persuade SHAs to guarantee that training funds are spent solely on that purpose

TOFT will run both in NT and on, with regular progress updates.

So what can you do to help us help you? NT will encourage you to sign an online petition and send a letter to your trust asking for a training time guarantee. We will also be encouraging you to share your experiences to expose those making access to post-registration training an impossibility.

Starting with an overview of the current training situation (link to first feature), NT has lined up a series of in-depth features looking at how the situation has hit the profession.

Together we can restore nurse training to a level that ensures safe practice and secure career development.

It is vital for nursing that we do so.

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