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10 Aug 2016
100’s OF NURSE TRAINING PLACES UNFILLEDIndustry News
Earlier this year, universities were on track to fill their 14,160 training places for adult nurses commissioned by Health Education England. But in recent board papers from July HEE have confirmed that universities have recruited ‘significantly less’ students to adult nurses than expected.
In fact, based on data from March, HEE now expects 2% or 299 of those places to remain unfilled by the end of the academic year. Nicki Latham, HEE’s director of performance and development, said the data in the board papers provided a snapshot of the number of empty places, which could change by the end of the year.
“However it does give HEE and its partners the data we need to deliver for the NHS, allowing us to take action where necessary. In this case that includes seeking other universities to recruit more students and further recruitment to the September cohort in some areas,”
Recruitment to Health Visiting courses has also fallen, and the latest papers show that it is now expected that 16% - or 164 places, are expected to remain empty.
In a bid to tackle the issue, HEE have said that next spring ‘a new tender provision’ with a university in the “Wessex area” had been agreed. In addition other local teams report that their higher education institutions are reviewing and refining their strategies to improve future recruitment.
Some have argued that the negative press around nursing and the lack of response to the scrapping of the nursing bursary is deterring people from wanting to join the profession.
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