You will have seen the press about the low take up of the RN Apprenticeship – the hoped for partial solution to RN shortages and a way to widen participation in nursing
There were only 30 starts up to the end of January this year which is in sharp contrast to Public Health England’s hoped for target of 2400.
This was discussed at the Commons education committee and reassuringly the discussions focussed on the practicalities and financial challenges – the quality of the programme and philosophy at the heart of it is not in question. Here are some of the challenges that need to be addressed:
The levy is currently costing the NHS £200 million a year – surely it is not rocket science to see the impact this new expense combined with the need to pay Apprentice RNs a salary would have on the uptake of RN Apprenticeships. It will be interesting to watch this evolve.
16, June 2018