NHS Employers responds to Health Education England’s student nurses pilot

Dean Royles

09 / 5 / 2013 2pm

Dean Royles says a pilot period will help employers ensure any proposals improve patient care and are workable and affordable. 

Health Education England today announced a pilot scheme for student nurses to spend time working as a healthcare assistant before taking up their degree, gaining important experience of hands-on care. 

Chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation Dean Royles, who is part of the scheme’s steering group announced today, responds:

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of this scheme. It’s really important that the employers’ perspective is heard and understood, as they are the ones responsible for providing the care. It’s very useful to have this pilot period first, as employers will want to ensure any proposals improve patient care and are workable and affordable.

“The Government’s call was for all student nurses to have that experience. We need to test that old adage that, in theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice - but in practice, there is.”

Notes to Editors

More information about HEE’s scheme can be found here

The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.

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