Nurses: Training

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training posts for nurses specialising in (a) inflammatory bowel disease, (b) upper gastrointestinal cancer, (c) lower gastrointestinal cancer, (d) stoma care and (e) liver disease there were in the last five years.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

This information is not collected centrally.

The annual national health service workforce census does not separately identify the number of post-registration training posts from the rest of the nursing workforce.

The Government have supported the development of a range of specialist roles within nursing. However it is for local NHS organisations to commission training places and to deploy specialist nurses in accordance with their local needs.

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Alix Cull
Posted on 28 Jan 2008 4:45 pm (Report this annotation)

I agree with the Hon/Lady that needs of recruitment of nurses should be local. However I think it is also essential that a National policy of exhibiting the need for an increase in nursing posts is required, and that more information and interest is stimulated in schools and colledges.
I would also argue that nursing as a University subject should be left until a general period of training in what is a hands on profession, is not undertaken until after this basic qualification is reached, and the University studies then taken as post graduate if so desired. This should be in a variety of speicialities.