A major shake-up of nurse education in London has resulted in the University of West London being dropped from a list of the capital’s training providers.
NHS London announced last week that eight universities would be allowed to bid for funding to provide adult nursing education in future, down from the current nine.
The strategic health authority, which is England’s biggest funder of adult nurse training, announced plans last year to cut the number studying adult nursing each year from 2,000 to 1,580.
Nursing Times revealed it also intended to review whether all the universities should continue to provide adult course places for the capital’s student nurses due to an expected cut in training budgets and concerns from the nursing profession about quality.
The University of West London’s college of nursing and midwifery currently teaches pre-registration nursing courses from sites in Brentford and Reading. It will still provide adult nursing courses in Reading, plus other nursing courses including child and mental health nursing from both sites.
A university spokeswoman said students who had started their adult nursing courses in Brentford would be allowed to complete them.
NHS London’s most recent rankings of the nine universities, which assessed performance in 2009-10, put the University of West London in eighth place, above the University of Hertfordshire.
A spokesman for NHS London said: “The bid from the University of West London was successful in meeting the quality standards set by NHS London. However, it did not achieve preferred bidder status when compared to other bidders received and due to the overall reduction in adult nursing commissions.”
Announcing the list of eight course providers last week, NHS London director of people and organisational development Anne Rainsberry said: “If we continue to train the same number of adult nurses as we currently do, there will soon be more trained nurses than there are jobs available.”