The National Audit Office today published a report on the nursing workforce, examining the scale of the workforce challenge, the main entry routes and progress made towards the NHS People Plan.
Commenting on the publication, Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“The Council welcomes this report from the National Audit Office and was pleased to be able to contribute. We have seen huge changes to nursing education over the last few years, including the end of commissioning and the introduction of registered nurse degree apprenticeships and nursing associate apprenticeships. Given the importance of the nursing workforce to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan, it is important that we continue to evaluate the impact of these changes and, if necessary, make further adjustments to help secure the workforce we need”.
The report also describes the roles and responsibilities of national and regional bodies involved in nursing recruitment.
Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, commented:
“Since the publication of the Long Term Plan we do seem to be moving towards a more joined up approach to workforce planning in England. We welcome the increasingly close working between national bodies and the opportunities we have had as a Council to be part of national workforce discussions. It is essential that universities are involved in workforce planning at all levels, through individual and collective inclusion in workforce planning”.