Academics have responded to the announcement of a consultation on the development of ‘nursing associates’ in England.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health said:
“Healthcare support workers make a vital contribution to health and social care and there’s a compelling case that they should have access to better structured education and training.”
“Universities already routinely provide a range of Foundation Degrees and other qualifications that can lead on to health professional programmes but proper consultation on this development is crucial. This role mustn’t be used as an excuse to reduce the numbers of graduate health professionals or blur the boundaries between different roles.”
Professor Corner added:
“The evidence is clear that increasing registered nurse numbers with graduate level education improves the quality and safety of patient care. This is an investment worth making. If we’ve learnt one thing from the care failures of recent years, it is that there is no substitute for getting this right.”
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