The number of training places available for registered nurses who provide care in the community in Wales will more than double this year, ministers have announced.
Just under 100 nurses will be able to access training from September compared with 45 in 2007. There will also be an extra 180 return to practice courses over the next three years and 1,093 pre-registration nursing places.
The figures have been agreed by the Welsh Assembly, universities, NHS and healthcare unions.
Health minister Edwina Hart said: ‘Our ultimate aim is to improve the health and quality of life of the people of Wales and these extra training places will help us to deliver on our One Wales commitments, including providing more care in the community by nurses, one family nurse per secondary school and further utilising the skills of all the professionals in the health service.’
Director of RCN Wales Tina Donnelly said: ‘We are pleased the minister has listened to our views. We believe that patient care will benefit from this investment.’