Central funding for ongoing education and training of the workforce has been halved in 2016/17 while funding for ongoing medical education has been protected. A new report, published today by the Council of Deans of Health, highlights the risk posed to the NHS by the funding cuts and calls for the Department of Health to lead a discussion to address the disconnect between the funding decisions and national strategic priorities.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
‘We urgently need more joined-up thinking about funding for education and training for these professions. There is a clear gap between the Government’s strategies to transform services by deploying nurses, midwives and AHPs in new roles and these short-sighted cuts. These cuts are difficult for universities but will have a far greater impact on the NHS and its ability to deliver its own objectives’.
The report also warns about the potential consequences of the cuts for the Government’s push to expand student numbers as part of plans to reduce staff shortages.
Professor Corner said:
‘We know we need to grow workforce numbers but this can only happen if we have enough properly qualified mentors and practice educators to support students on placements. As part of the cuts to CPD funding, reductions in the numbers of mentors being trained may mean that student numbers cannot grow as the Government intends’.
Notes to editors
- The Council of Deans of Health is the voice of the deans and heads of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. For further information: councilofdeans.org.uk.
- Download A false economy: Cuts to Continuing Professional Development funding for nursing, midwifery and the Allied Health Professions.
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