The RCN has welcomed recommendations in a Parliamentary committee report on the nursing workforce, which says too little attention has been given to retaining nurses in the NHS.
The Health Select Committee report, the first of its kind for some years, makes strong suggestions on what needs to happen to stem the flow of nurses leaving the professional register.
It follows an inquiry in which RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies gave evidence, stressing the important role access to continuing professional development (CPD) plays in the retention of nurses.
The report calls for Health Education England to reverse cuts to nurses’ CPD budgets and for NHS funding to be specifically ring-fenced for nurses’ training. It also says that EU nurses should have further assurances about their right to remain in the UK after Brexit.
The committee says the impact of removing student funding should be closely monitored; particularly the impact on numbers of mature students.
RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Janet Davies said: “It’s clear the Health Committee has listened to the views of frontline nursing staff and made practical suggestions on what must be done to value the profession to improve retention and raise morale.
“The Government must now also listen and respond to these recommendations. This is the latest in a litany of calls for investment in the existing and future nursing workforce. Without action, nursing will remain on its current dangerous path. This report should make for sober reading inside the corridors of power.”