The Council of Deans of Health has responded to the Government’s response to the House of Commons Education Select Committee report on nursing apprenticeships. The Committee published their report in December 2018. It outlined the complex regulatory and procedural obstacles that hindered both educators and practice partners wanting to establish nursing apprenticeships in England as well as the need to prioritise investment in CPD, which has experienced large cuts in recent years.
Responding to the report, Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council of Deans of Health, said:
“Universities are working in close collaboration with local employers to develop healthcare apprenticeships and widen access into healthcare careers amidst complex regulatory rules. Nursing education is costly and resource-intensive. Any fall in the funding bands for nursing apprenticeships will have a detrimental impact on the ability of healthcare educators to deliver nursing apprenticeships.
“We welcome that the Government agrees that CPD funding and the effective delivery of nursing apprenticeships will be carefully considered in the NHS workforce implementation plan. The Council is working closely with senior officials in NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure that the voice of education is heard in the development of this plan.”
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