NMC response to budget 2018

NMC responds to Government budget

Responding to the Government’s announcement that the NHS 10 year plan will include a new mental health crisis service, NMC Director of Education and Standards, Geraldine Walters MBE said:

“It’s encouraging to see that the government have committed to prioritising mental health services in the UK as part of its NHS 10 year plan.

“Mental health nurses provide vital mental health support to those who need it and across a range of settings, including in hospitals, schools, prisons and the community.

“Our new standards for the education of nurses recognise the increasing importance of mental health care and place greater emphasis on mental health training. All nursing students will be required to demonstrate a greater depth of knowledge, more advanced skills in mental health and ensure they are ready to deliver first class mental health care when they qualify.

“It will be important that the NHS 10 year plan also includes a commitment to funding continued professional development for the nurses who will staff any new services.”

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