More Attention Needed For Our Current Nursing Workforce
Re-Training existing nurses should become a priority over trying to constantly bring newly qualified nurses into the profession to aid staffing issues, say senior healthcare figures.
A number of opinions were raised in regards to this at an event on the issues facing the NHS workforce.
Janet Davies,the head of Royal College of Nursing has highlighted the importance of continuing professional development for nursing practitioners.
Grant Fitzner, NHS Improvement’s economics director added “There is very little focus on upskilling and re-skilling the existing workforce – for example, to move from acute to community settings, to move between different types of service pathways”.
This is having a significant impact on nurses as a combination of the stresses and pressures of the system as well as lack of development and progression means that the workforce are being left with low morale.
With the introduction of new care models and changes in the way services are delivered, such as more care being shifted into the community, developing existing staff is vital, as these changes would not be possible without them.
RCN chief executive and general secretary Janet Davies, said that the introduction of rigid career frameworks alongside too many pathways that people have to jump through could lead to fewer people wanting to move into these roles as it takes away innovation from nurses.
She also added, “My message to Health Education England would be think about the nurses we’ve got now, think about the nurses in the future, and think about the nurses in the next eight years.”