Changes in nursing qualifications
Changes in nursing qualifications could increase NHS resource problems
Introducing new rules that state NHS nurses must have degrees could cause even more staffing problems for the health service, says specialist healthcare recruiter Arrows Group.
With specialist nurses already in critically short supply, narrowing the criteria for those wishing to enter the profession will lead to a drop in the number of people becoming nurses, making this problem even more acute, says Director of Arrows Group, James Parsons.
This is a commendable move - the Government says that these new rules aim to improve the standard of patient care, which of course is of utmost importance. But it runs contra to the most pressing issue, which is nursing skills shortages across the NHS. By introducing these stricter requirements, the NHS may in fact find itself with lower standards of patient care, because it will struggle to find the talent it needs.
An increasingly high percentage of nurses working in the NHS are foreign nationals and raising the bar at entry point would have to be communicated clearly and rolled out internationally as the NHS is staffed by an international resource pool. There are critical staffing shortages across the NHS and the most pressing issue is looking at options that solve this rather than complicating it.