Health Education England (HEE) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have published the Shape of Caring Review “Raising the Bar” report, which makes 34 recommendations (grouped into 8 themes) concerning education and training for registered nurses and care assistants.
The eight key themes:
- Theme 1: Enhancing co-production and the voice of the patient.
- Theme 2: Valuing care assistants.
- Theme 3: Widening access for care assistants to enter the nursing profession.
- Theme 4: Assuring flexibility in nursing.
- Theme 5: Assuring a high-quality learning environment in undergraduate nursing education.
- Theme 6: Assuring predictable and sustainable access to ongoing learning and development for registered nurses.
- Theme 7: Supporting and enabling research, innovation and evidence-based practice.
- Theme 8: Funding and commissioning levers to support future education and training.
“There are 1.3 million care assistants and half a million registered nurses in England… Patients and the public will have more complex clinical needs and higher expectations than ever before. The education and training of nurses and care assistants need to reflect the changing care environment, and equip them to deliver high quality care”. Lord Willis (Independent Chair of the Shape of Caring Review).
The Shape of Caring Review report published. London: Health Education England, March 12th 2015.
This relates to:
Lord Willis (2015). Raising the bar. Shape of caring: a review of the future education and training of registered nurses and care assistants. London: Health Education England, March 11th 2015.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Questions of Skills Mix, Staff Shortages and Exploitation?
Possibly of interest, a BBC investigation indicates that hospital healthcare assistants are sometimes required to work on tasks above their official “pay grade”, without adequate training or supervision:
Sulehria, S. (2015). ‘Untrained’ healthcare assistants ‘put patients at risk’. London: BBC Health News / BBC East, March 23rd 2015.