A guide to setting up apprenticeships

Useful information on setting up an apprenticeship and use your levy before the deadline in May 2019

Need to know how to set up Apprenticeships and concerned about using your levy before the deadline in May 2019? The guide below written by Sally Garbett is in plain English and puts all you need to know in one place.... Read more

Nurse Degree Apprenticeships: In poor health?

A report from the House of Commons Education Committee December 2018

The House of Commons Education Committee have published a report into Nurse Degree Apprenticeships. It discusses the challenges of implementing the RN Apprenticeships and explains many of the reasons why this may be, including the lack of understanding by Apprenticeship regulators of how different these NMC regulated Degree Apprenticeships are from “ordinary” Degree Apprenticeships. It makes some positive recommendations including use of the Levy to reduce employer costs and lobbying HEE for increased CPD funding for RNs. I am disappointed (but not surprised) by the NHS focus as hospices in England need these and the Nursing Associate Apprenticeships as much…... Read more

Report highlights CBT delivered by respiratory nurses is clinically effective and cost-effective

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most important chronic diseases and affects over 210 million people worldwide

A report has highlighted that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) delivered by respiratory nurses is clinically effective and cost-effective for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and symptoms of anxiety. The study, "Randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy in COPD*", downloadable as a PDF here, supports the benefits of CBT. Anxiety and depression are likely in those with COPD and have a significant impact on breathlessness, quality of life, length of hospital stay, readmission rates and mortality. Guidelines for the treatment of anxiety and depression recommend psychological treatment including CBT which is a  “talking” treatment, which explores the link between a…... Read more

Are you on the Register of Apprenticeship Providers?

You must join the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) if you wish to be paid for your part in Apprenticeship delivery

There is an important change to regulation that now requires you to be on the government’s apprenticeships register (RoATP) which requires all those who contribute to delivery delivering the programmes to be listed on it. The only way to secure the quality of many of the Apprenticeships we offer our staff is to ensure we are part of the delivery process. You can be paid for your part in delivery from the Apprenticeship funding however you need to be registered. From 12 December the RoATP re opens indefinitely and you will need to be on it if you wish to be…... Read more

The new Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship is now published

Skills for Care announced today that The Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship has now been signed off by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). The Social Work Integrated Degree Apprenticeship will shortly be published at www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/social-worker-degree The news article highlights that the apprenticeship standard and assessment plan are now ready for use "after nearly two years of hard work by the trailblazer group of 70 employers, universities and representative organisations". Read more at skillsforcare.org.uk... Read more


Supporting family carers of people with a serious, life-limiting illness

In November, St Christopher’s, with assistance from Animas, facilitated its first 3-day coaching training for 10 local people who have had the personal experience of caring for a loved one as they approached the end of life. This marked the beginning of the testing phase of a new prototype, known as ‘Coach4Care,’ which aims to better support family carers of people with a serious, life-limiting illness. Our aim is to roll this innovative approach out more widely, after testing has been completed. Ella Walding (fourth from the right) from the Innovation Unit, led on the design in partnership with St…... Read more

Apprenticeships by industry characteristics data

New research by the Dept for Education on apprenticeships has revealed which sector is the most popular, what is preferred by each gender and where in the country apprenticeship starts are lowest

Some areas that may be of interest: 1. Health and social work dominates The data shows that health and social work is clearly the most popular sector for apprentices, making up 27 per cent (121,680) of all starts in 2016/17, up from 23 per cent (104,170) in 2012/13. It was also the most popular for higher apprenticeships, making up 43 per cent of all higher apprenticeship starts in 2016/17. Women choose social work, men choose construction The data also shows that traditional ideas of gender roles are still holding strong among apprenticeships. In 2016/17, 88 per cent of all starts…... Read more

New report asks why doctors find it so hard to talk to patients about dying

New report asks why doctors find it so hard to talk to patients about dying

The RCP's latest report, Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead, has just been published. Good to have evidence which supports the importance of our respective hospice education and placement opportunities for Doctors. Based on conversations with doctors at all levels, patients and carers, and medical organisations, the report reveals the barriers that stand in the way, offers solutions and resources to help, including a ‘mythbusting section’ debunking common but erroneous beliefs. Four English hospitals leading the way in supporting end-of-life care conversations have contributed good practice case studies to the report. The key recommendations from the report are below:…... Read more

Trailblazer Group revisions to the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Standard

The Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Standard is being revised by the Trailblazer Group in line with the new NMC Standards

The timescales are tight for these changes as the revised Standard must be in place for March 2019. Many of you will have staff entering Nursing Associate Apprenticeships or will be considering this, so I hope the below information is helpful. I will be at the Hospice UK Conference running a session on Apprenticeships if you would like to know more. The NMC Register opens on 29th Jan 2019 for Nursing Associates! The Trailblazer group revising the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Standard comprises employers, the NMC, the RCN and a number of HEIs involved in delivery. It is led by Sam Donohue from…... Read more

New NMC standards

Nursing, Midwifery and Nursing Associate

Dear all, you will be aware the NMC has now released their revised standards. You may also be aware that within these documents are the NMC Standards for the Nursing Associate. You can find the below documents in the resources section of this website: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates Practice environment case studies for Nursing Associates – this contains case studies to help advise on practice placements and the variety of experience required by Nursing Associates Protected learning time in practice NAs – this provides clarity on protected learning time for Nursing Associates,…... Read more