Health educators welcome Select Committee’s call for an expansion of the nursing workforce

26 January 2018

The Council of Deans of Health has welcomed the Health Committee’s call for an expansion of the nursing workforce ‘at scale and pace’. In its report on the nursing workforce, the Health Committee also calls for Health Education England to reverse cuts to continuing professional development (CPD) budgets.

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council which represents UK university faculties engaged in education for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions, said:

“We have long been concerned about the risks to the NHS posed by cuts to CPD funding, not just for nurses but also for midwives and allied health professionals, and fully support the Committee’s call for these cuts to be reversed. We trust Health Education England will take these recommendations into account when producing their final workforce strategy”.

The report also recommends that government closely monitors the impact of the removal of nursing bursaries and in particular the effect on mature students.

Professor Webster-Henderson said:

“Mature students form a significant part of the student population, often studying and then working in their local communities. We have previously identified them as being one of the groups most vulnerable to the move away from bursaries. This is something that requires careful monitoring alongside innovative approaches to recruitment and, if necessary, targeted interventions to ensure that we do not lose mature students from the professions.”

The Council also remains concerned about the level of applications and enrolments for vulnerable areas such as learning disability nursing and some allied health professions.


Notes to editors:

  1. 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:
  2. Health Committee’s Second Report of Session 2017-19, Nursing workforce (HC353)
  3. For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806.

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