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Maximising Nursing Supply Through Education – A Good Practice Guide

Health Education England in the East carried out a Fundamental Review of nurse education in 2014/15 the interim Report of this review can be found here.

Good Practice Guide - Maximising Nursing Supply Through Education, provides examples of good practice and highlights specific initiatives that, if implemented, will help maximise nursing supply through education.


The findings from the review identified the following:

  • Mentorship - too much variation, role not valued
  • Core skills, competencies and knowledge - dislocation between theory and practice
  • Values; care, compassion and resilience – lack of time to reflect, reported lack of resilience, need for confidence to care with compassion
  • Service user, patient, carer involvement - conflict between needs of learners and patients
  • Preparation for working in a range of settings - learners didn’t follow patient pathways, specialised too early, apparent expectation to work in acute sector
  • Selection of future nurses and routes into nursing – the need to ensure selection of the right people, broader range of routes into nursing

Several of these findings related to ensuring our students were employable as well as employed so a workplan was developed, which included improvements to address all of the findings. This Good Practice Guide developed by HEE (East) is part of that workplan and seeks to address the employability and employment of our student outturn.

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