A call by MPs to rapidly expand the health and social nursing workforce has been welcomed by the NCF.
A report by the Health Committee published last week (see MPs highlight social care nursing care crisis) called on Health Education England (HEE) to “expand the nursing workforce at scale and at pace”.
Sharon Blackburn CBE, RGN RMN, Policy and Communications Director at the NCF, said: “The inclusion of nurses working in social care, in particular care homes with nursing, is a welcome recognition of the 43,000 nurses that work in adult social care. The NHS is not the only place where registered nurses are employed.
“In care homes with nursing a range of complex care (including people living with dementia), is delivered in the context of relationship centred care. Ensuring that there are sufficient nurses to meet people’s health and care needs in a safe, effective and compassionate way is essential.
“We look forward to HEE making a reality of the recommendations so that this doesn’t just become another report on the nursing crisis. In addition, we want to see nurses working in social care being represented on the nursing wellbeing reference group.”
The report makes a number of recommendations, including ensuring language testing for overseas nurses does not place unnecessary barriers on people entering the UK.