Royal College of Nursing responds to Treasury funding announcement for NHS staff training
Responding to the Treasury funding announcement for NHS staff training Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said:
“After years of cutbacks this announcement may start to put things right. Nurses will see it as an acknowledgement that the Government sees investment in professional development as important.
“This will help to ensure every individual nurse can access the training they need to increase their skills and knowledge further – though it needs to be extended to all nursing staff, not just those in the Health Service.
“We now urge the Government to address the current workforce crisis in the NHS by investing £1 billion in nurse higher education to increase our domestic supply of nurses”
Note to editors
The Health Education England (HEE) budget for workforce development, which is the central government contribution towards nurses’ CPD, has been cut from £205 million in 2015/16 to £84 million in 2019/20 (an increase of £30m this year is a ring-fenced fund only for Nursing Associates, rather than Registered Nurses)