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The Government has been urged to row back on "disastrous" plans to scrap bursaries for student nurses and midwives. Former shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the decision to replace bursaries with student loans had resulted in a "worrying" 23% drop in applications from prospective nursing students. Ministers had previously…
Skills for Health, Health Education England, and Skills for Care have announced the launch of a new Core Skills Education and Training Framework for the mental health workforce, with the aim of increasing the quality and consistency of care in mental health services. The Department of Health commissioned the framework…
Students are turning their backs on nursing degrees in the wake of a Government decision to axe NHS bursaries, official figures suggest. Almost 10,000 fewer would-be nurses in England have applied for courses linked to the profession - nearly a quarter less than at the same point last year. Nursing…
Skills for Care are encouraging large national organisations and lead organisations of employer led partnerships to apply to the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) to help develop the skills and knowledge of their workers. WDF has already helped thousands of employees towards the costs of workers completing adult social care qualifications…
A new academy of excellence in Nottingham is the latest social work teaching partnership to get underway as it looks to continue to “raise the quality” of trainees and teaching. The D2N2 Teaching Partnership’s Social Work Academy will bring together six regional social work employers and Nottingham’s two universities. Nottinghamshire…
A new course to help professionals identify mental health risks amongst children and young people has been developed by Sheffield Hallam University. Following the Prime Minister's pledge to 'transform' attitudes to mental health, academics from the University's Nursing and Midwifery department will be launching the year-long post-graduate certificate in child,…
In late 2016, new plans for the Welsh healthcare landscape were announced by Qualification Wales and The National Assembly for Wales' Children, Young People and Education Committee. These detailed the introduction of new qualifications and a consultation looking at the first 1000 days of a child's life. The first 1,000…
The University of Gloucestershire has been given the green light to offer a new nursing degree from September 2017, after the course was approved, subject to conditions, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This new course aims to tackle nursing shortages both locally and nationally by offering a three-year undergraduate…
The Skills for Health Level 2 Certificate in Care Qualification is a new qualification to support the delivery of the Care Certificate, brought to you by SFJ Awards. The qualification is aimed at the 1.3 million frontline staff who are not registered nurses but who now deliver the bulk of…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have revised the Standards in Social Work Education (SiSWE), which underpin social work degree programmes in Scotland, to make sure they reflect the many changes in social work practice since their publication in 2003. This consultation is to gather the views of the sector,…
If you've ever considered a career in Music Therapy or wondered what career routes might be available, then this is sure to interest you. Here we explore the MSc in Music Therapy from Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh and speak with a recent graduate from the course. Meet Kassandra…
The Virtual College, working with the UK Sepsis Trust, has announced the development of free online training resources to help tackle the sepsis crisis. Sepsis claims 44,000 lives annually in the UK and costs the NHS an estimated £2.5 billion. It is a life threatening condition that arises when the…
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