04 / 3 / 2016 9.34am
NHS Employers has responded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education's formal consultation to introduce apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies.
Our response details a number of concerns about the proposals, including:
- the need for primary care organisations to feature in the NHS target to support the move to systems-based solutions to the delivery of patient care
- the need for policy that supports integration between health and social care providers
- the use of full time equivalent numbers, rather than headcount, as the basis for setting the target
- the lack of higher and degree-level apprenticeships currently suitable for use across the NHS and the considerable lead in time for developing new standards.
Within the response, NHS Employers has also called for the government to give due consideration to how this fits with other areas of emergent workforce policy applicable to the NHS. The recent announcements on plans to introduce a new nursing associate role and the removal of bursaries for nurses and allied health care professionals are proposals that will impact on workforce supply, but may also provide opportunities for the expansion of apprenticeships across the NHS. It is important that these issues are considered together when the government is assessing how future policy decisions will impact on the health and social care sector.
To find out more about the government's proposals to introduce apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies, view this latest news page.
To keep up to speed on apprenticeship reforms, we've created a new policy updates web section
. Visit this section to read more about the apprenticeships levy, Enterprise Bill and funding reform.