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  • £10,000 ‘golden hellos’ announced to entice nursing post-grads into ‘difficult-to-recruit’ sectors

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a nurse image cbMay 15 2018

Funding of £10 million will be available to increase recruitment of nurses into specialist areas, the government has pledged.

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education will “offer £10,000 golden hellos to postgraduate students in specific hard-to-recruit disciplines—mental health, learning and disability, and district nursing—to reflect the fact that those disciplines often have particular recruitment difficulties,” health minister Stephen Barclay announced in the House of Commons. 

“That £9.1 million package will be supplemented by a further £900,000 to mitigate a particular challenge with recruiting in any geographical areas. For example, if an area such as Cornwall suddenly found itself having difficulty in recruiting speech and language therapy recruits, a targeted measure—perhaps at a different quantum from £10,000—could be implemented in order to reflect those geographical issues.”

The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the funding announcement which followed a strong member-led campaign to retain post-graduate funding support, but said the measures don’t go far enough.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said: “This appears to be a welcome concession from the Government that more needs to be done to convince graduates of other subjects to study nursing. But better still would be to drop its plans to remove full support from these students. 

“Even though it’s a small number of people each year, this two-year course is the fastest way to train a registered nurse. Nursing must be expanded at scale and pace to keep patients safe and students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, should be encouraged and financially supported.”

Links:
Hansard: ‘Education (Student Support)’ May 9 2018      
RCN statement 

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