Nursing staff are being denied the access to clinical training they need to support specialist roles, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
In a report published this week, the RCN cites evidence that many nurses are failing to achieve even the minimum amount of continuous professional development required for revalidation. This is 35 hours over three years.
The NMC reports that a third of nurses are managing fewer than ten hours of CPD a year.
The RCN report, released during its annual conference in Belfast, links this to large cuts in Health Education England’s budget for workforce development, which supports CPD.
It has fallen from £205 million two years ago to some £83 million a year.
RCN chief executive Janet Davies said: “Nurses make up half the NHS workforce and, as a society, we cannot afford for their training to be an optional extra. These short-sighted cuts must be reversed.
“For the sake of patient safety, nurses must be allowed to keep up-to-date with developments and advance into tomorrow’s nurse leadership positions.
“Policymakers and employers must find a way to fund and guarantee this time. Nurses must not be allowed to fall foul of the regulator’s requirement.”
Source: Royal College of Nursing
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