The Council of Deans of Health has called on the Government to prioritise the reversal of cuts to continuing professional development (CPD) budgets following its response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s recommendations.
In its response, the Government acknowledges that the issue of CPD funding is an important one and says that it is ‘continuing to consider’ the Committee’s recommendations prior to outlining potential options ‘as soon as possible’.
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 welcomed and fully supported the Committee’s call for CPD cuts to be reversed. We are therefore disappointed to face a further wait for substantive action from Government and urge the Department to make this a priority”.
The response also states that the Government is still considering the most effective way to implement the ‘golden hello’ incentive scheme for postgraduate nursing students announced in May. These incentives are anticipated to be contingent on graduates working in specific fields of the health and social care sector including mental health, learning disability and community, including district, nursing.
Professor Webster-Henderson said:
“The Council welcomes interventions to boost student numbers, particularly in fields facing acute recruitment problems, like learning disability nursing. Postgraduate entry is an important route into nursing and continues to provide the fastest way to grow all four fields of the nursing workforce.”
The response also commits the Department of Health and Social Care and partner organisations to the production of guidance on the deployment of nursing associates and discusses the role of migration and language testing. The Council remains involved in discussions around post-Brexit migration through its membership of the Cavendish Coalition. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is expected to report in September.
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