Radical policy change urgently needed to address skills shortages, says NHS Employers

Danny Mortimer

Responding to the Edge Foundation report on skills shortages in the NHS, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “The number of nurse vacancies in the NHS has been high for some time; as well as a number of actions being taken by employers to bridge the gap, we also urgently need to see radical change to policy.
“For example, we have been making the case for some time that we need change to the way employers can use the apprenticeship levy. If the government could offer greater flexibility in the way the levy can be employed – specifically, extending the timeframe to access funds, use of the levy to fund backfill for nursing apprenticeships, and to build supervisory capacity – it would make it more viable to use the nurse apprenticeship route at scale.
“Alongside improving incentives for undergraduate study, this would go some way to increasing nurse supply into the NHS and support the training of people who may not be in a position to enter nurse training through the traditional university route.” 

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