Following the vote on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, the RCN is calling on the Government to secure the future of EU nurses as new figures reveal the extent to which the health service relies on them. More than 33,000 EU trained nurses are registered to work in the UK, which is more than the total number of nurses currently working in Wales. It comes as research reveals the scale of challenges facing the NHS nursing workforce, with one in three nurses due to retire in the next 10 years and a lack of homegrown staff to fill the gap.
The RCN believes the Government must take urgent action to develop a coherent and sustainable workforce strategy for the future that recognises the critical contribution of overseas nurses as well as the pressing need to educate, recruit and retain homegrown nursing staff.
The Buurtzorg model has attracted significant international attention in recent years. Founded in the Netherlands in 2006, this unique community nursing programme has won acclaim for being both nurse-led and cost effective.
The RCN has developed a briefing which looks at the development and successes of the Buurtzorg model, while also identifying some of the challenges which would need to be addressed if the UK were to adopt a similar approach.
Janet Davies was elected to the European Federation of Nurses Associations Executive Committee. The election of the RCN Chief Executive means UK nursing will be represented at the most senior level in Europe.
The International Nursing Network brings together health care practitioners interested in the field of international health care. Members of this community include registered practitioners, health care assistants, students and volunteers.
This groups enables RCN members interested in international humanitarian health care and development work to share experiences and support each other with practical advice.
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