Responding to the Health Education England draft workforce strategy, Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027, Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“We welcome the consultation on this strategy and the commitment to work with universities to increase the number of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals being educated. We also welcome the emphasis on a communication and recruitment campaign for these professions and the need to support subjects such as learning disability and mental health nursing where there have been challenges in recruitment. However, if we are to achieve these targets we also need to see a commitment to increased funding to support the growth in workplace educators that will enable the expansion of clinical placements.
“Whilst we support the development of new routes such as degree apprenticeships and new roles such as nursing associate, this must not be at the expense of the three-year degree route which remains the quickest, safest and most cost-effective model for addressing shortages in the number of healthcare professionals”.