Nurse practitioner programs open in UK: NHS minister
The NHS minister is calling for an end to the “unnecessary” closures of the country’s nursing program.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced the opening of two new nursing programs in the UK on Thursday, the first of which will be in Birmingham and the second in Nottingham.
Nurse practitioners will be able to work in both the UK and the US, as well as in Canada.
There are currently around 4,600 nursing jobs in the country, and the majority of the nurses in the US are currently based in the Midlands.
In January, the council announced plans to increase the number of nursing positions across the country to 10,000 by 2020.
At the time, Nick Herbert, the head of the NHS, said that if a shortage of nurses was identified, it would “require a huge change in the way the NHS operates”.
However, the new program will not be able fill the gap, with the government having decided that nursing was “not the right role for a country that has been built on caring for the elderly”.
The new programs are part of a $1.3 billion investment to develop nursing education in the NHS.
According to the NHS chief executive, Dame Janet Finch, the government will continue to fund an NHS-wide nursing program, which will have a role in supporting the nursing workforce in both rural and urban areas.
“I am pleased to announce that we have completed a major commitment to deliver a new programme for nursing, the NHS Nurses’ Training Programme, which we believe will be a game-changer for our nation’s nursing workforce,” she said.
Ms Finch said that the government was also investing an additional $1 billion in nursing education.
She added that the new programme will support the UK’s future health workforce by providing access to high-quality, quality training.
Currently, about 1,600 UK nurses are employed by the NMC, and more than 70% of them are based in Britain.
Since it opened its doors in 2013, the NCC has received more than $1 million in public funding.
Dr Finch said the NNC has been “proud” to be part of the £15bn UK Health Fund, which provides a financial guarantee to hospitals, nursing homes and GP surgeries.
Earlier this month, the Welsh Government announced a funding package worth around £1.5bn, which would be matched by £1bn from the NHS for the development of a new nursing home.
It comes as more and more nurses have left the UK, and as a result there are now around 2,600 nurses on the waiting list for a home.