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‘Worrying’ NHS training and education cuts

20 September, 2016

‘Worrying’ NHS training and education cuts

The risk to the NHS by cuts to central funding for workforce education and training have been highlighted in a new report. 

All but one of the 13 local education and training boards in England have cut funding for continuing professional development in 2016 to 17.

In some areas, cuts are 40% to 45%, according to a report published today (20 September) by the Council of Deans of Health.

‘These cuts will have a material impact both on universities and on the NHS and its workforce,’ the report says.

‘The cuts are also already damaging mentorship preparation for NHS staff in some areas, courses which are crucial to delivering the pre-registration programmes for nursing, midwifery and AHPs that the government wants to expand in England.’

Louise Silverton, RCM director for midwifery, said the report is ‘very worrying’.

She continued: ‘We know from our own surveys of HoMs that maternity services are already facing cuts to training budgets, so the threat of even less funding is a serious concern.

‘Major reports on services, including the Francis and Kirkup reports, have focused on the importance of staff training, yet midwives and other staff are facing potentially less funding.

‘This is particularly disturbing because we know that the key to improving productivity in the NHS is through valuing and engaging the existing workforce, and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to provide safe and high quality services.’

She concluded: ‘I urge the government to rethink this decision and to invest in NHS staff, which is ultimately an investment in better care.’

To read the full report, click here.

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