The Council of Deans of Health has called on all political parties to work in partnership with the healthcare education sector to support the growth of the future workforce and research environment.
In its manifesto, released ahead of the general election, the Council has called for action to grow the future workforce; guarantee sustained funding for healthcare courses; ensure continued investment in both the clinical and academic workforce; and increase investment in healthcare research.
Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council, said:
“Whatever the outcome of the general election, the next Government needs to work with the sector to ensure the country has the right number of nursing, midwifery and allied health profession students to support future healthcare delivery. University-based education remains the best route to grow the workforce at scale and pace, but universities and prospective students need certainty regarding future funding arrangements.
“Universities also play a central role in driving innovation and improving health and social care delivery and UK healthcare researchers are global leaders in this area. Following Brexit, the Government must commit to continuing to invest in European and international health research and collaboration to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront in addressing emerging health challenges”.
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.
- Read our general election manifesto
- For more information on this press release, please contact Jon Eames, 07496 693 806.