NMC agrees with Health Committee that more needs to be done to retain our nursing workforce

26 January 2018

We welcome today’s report from the Health committee about the Uk’s nursing workforce.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said

“Today’s report from the Health Committee recognises the “unacceptable pressures” on nurses and the call for action at pace.

“Cuts to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are a major issue and I fully support the Committee’s recommendation that funding allocations should be ring-fenced. Providing much needed development opportunities is key to career progression and ensuring that we are investing in a workforce that can meet the demands of a population with complex needs.

“While it is vital we create new routes in, urgent action is needed to retain the workforce as nurses are leaving the profession and our own data shows this. Developing a national data set is something we fully support.

“In January 2017, we were asked to become the regulator for nursing associates and the first group will begin practising next year. There must be clear blue water between the role of a nursing associate and a registered nurse. We welcome the Committee’s recommendation that nursing associates have a clear professional identity, which is also of paramount importance to the public.”

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