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NHS training and education cuts

NHS training and education cuts

NHS training and education cuts have been announced recently. The Royal College of Midwives commented on the report published on the 20 September by the Council of Deans of Health, entitled ‘Cuts to Continuing Professional Development funding for nursing, midwifery and the Allied Health Professions in England’ which found that cut funding for continuing professional development in 2016 to 17 had been cut by 40% to 45% in some areas.

‘These cuts will have a material impact both on universities and on the NHS and its workforce,’ the report says.

‘The cuts are also already damaging mentorship preparation for NHS staff in some areas, courses which are crucial to delivering the pre-registration programmes for nursing, midwifery and AHPs that the government wants to expand in England.’

Louise Silverton, RCM director for midwifery, said the report is ‘very worrying’.

 

NHS training and education cuts
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The key to improving productivity in the NHS is through valuing and engaging the existing workforce, and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to provide safe and high quality services."

These upcoming NHS training and education cuts appear to work against the expectations of the NMC Code of Practise that sets out the requirement for ongoing training and professional development for nurses and midwives.

22.3 keep your knowledge and skills up to date, taking part in appropriate and regular learning and professional development activities that aim to maintain and develop your competence and improve your performance.
The importance of investment in professional development should not be underestimated. Louise Silverton stated that ‘This is particularly disturbing because we know that the key to improving productivity in the NHS is through valuing and engaging the existing workforce, and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to provide safe and high quality services.’
Without appropriate training budgets, nurses and midwives may find themselves at an increased risk of infringements to the Nursing Code of Conduct occurring as rules and regulations expanding and changing all the time.

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