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Trusts will be held to account on training

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Measures on how well trusts provide post-registration training for nurses are to be introduced under government proposals on workforce quality.

‘Metrics for access, quality and expenditure’ will be set for NHS organisations on training, which will be reported, benchmarked and made available to the rest of the health service and the public.

The move, in the workforce quality section of the NHS Next Stage Review, published this week by the government, means nurses will be able to see how well a trust is performing on continuing professional development.

‘We will improve transparency, promote fairness and reward quality in education and training,’ the report said.

It follows NT’s Time Out For Training campaign, calling for protected time and budgets for post-registration training.

The review also says a tariff-based system will be introduced for pre-registration training, where funding follows individual trainees through placements – replacing current reliance on the Multi-Professional Education and Training budget. Detailed proposals on this are to be developed over the coming months, the document says.

Additionally, the government has pledged to triple funding for nurse preceptorships, from £10m to £30m, although it will not be enough to provide all newly qualified nurses with protected time and other support as they move into practice. It also promises to review the present ‘anomaly’ over bursaries for diploma and degree students.

However, the document made no definite commitment to a move to an all-graduate profession, saying instead that the government would await the outcome of the NMC’s consultation on the issue. Similarly it noted support for a ‘pathway approach’ to nursing careers but said this would be dependent on continuing work on the Modernising Nursing Careers programme.

The review did state that the government was still committed to developing ‘clear nationally agreed standards’ for advanced nurse practitioners, and also that it would work to ensure appropriate training for HCAs.

There will also be metrics for nursing care itself, focusing on effectiveness, safety and compassion, as outlined last month (NT News, 24 June, p2).

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