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Demand for care is rising, and people’s care needs are constantly evolving. Today’s students are tomorrow’s professionals at the heart of health and social care. We have a responsibility to make sure they’re equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to improve people’s health and wellbeing, and practice learning is key to this.

Effective education and diverse training pathways that widen access and provide flexible learning opportunities are vital in supporting the nursing and midwifery workforce. Students need to learn in inclusive environments with the right culture to enable them to develop the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours they need.

Following the changes we made to our education programme standards in January 2023, we’re now exploring how together we can best support student learning across the UK.

To do this, we’re undertaking independent research to recognise and acknowledge innovation and ensure that our practice learning requirements support and equip students to deliver the best possible person-centred care for people across a diverse range of practice learning environments.