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RCN joins health bodies and unions to launch principles for continuing professional development

15 Jan 2019

The principles guide individuals and employers to create a culture of continuous improvement, develop the workforce and improve outcomes.

Nursing associates

The principles, developed by the RCN in partnership with other professional bodies and unions, recognise that people working in health and social care settings operate in a changing, challenging and complex environment.

They emphasise that practising safely and effectively, now and in the future, is essential.

The five principles are that CPD and lifelong learning should:

  • be each person’s responsibility and be made possible and supported by employers
  • benefit service users
  • improve the quality of service delivery
  • be balanced and relevant to each person’s area of practice or employment
  • be recorded and show the effect on each person’s area of practice.

Gill Coverdale, RCN Professional Lead for Education, said: “Nurses are at the forefront of innovation, and nursing and health care staff should all have the chance to further their careers and develop ground-breaking care models and treatments for the benefit of patients.

“By setting out what staff and employers should expect, these principles will help develop the knowledge, skills and competencies that lead to an effective workforce prepared to deliver high quality care.

“These principles come at an important time, as CPD budgets have been cut 80% in the last two years. As demand rises and patient needs change, it is vital the Government invests in developing our health care workforce to meet the challenges of the future.”

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