Health Committee

Nursing workforce inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Closing date for written submissions: 12 October 2017 

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee will look at the current and future scale of the shortfall of nursing staff and whether the Government and responsible bodies have effective plans to recruit, train and retain this vital workforce.

This inquiry will assess the impact of new routes into nursing (including student funding reforms, the Apprenticeship Levy, Nurse First and nursing associates). In particular, the inquiry will examine the effect of changes to funding arrangements for nurse training, including the withdrawal of bursaries, and consider alternative funding models and incentives.

The Committee would like to receive suggestions for how policymakers could optimize the potential of new routes into nursing, as well as how they might retain and deploy existing staff more effectively. The Committee is also interested in the impact of language testing and Brexit.

Terms of Reference: Nursing workforce

Latest evidence

  • 14 Nov 2017 - Nursing workforce - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF337 KB) HC 353 | Published 17 Nov 2017

    Evidence given by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, member of the House of Lords Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Chair of the Shape of Caring Review; Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair, Council of Deans of Health; and Jackie Smith, Chief Executive and Registrar, Nursing and Midwifery Council; Claire Johnston, Project Director, Capital Nurse, North Central London; and Avril Devaney, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, NHS Foundation Trust.

Next meeting(s)

28 November 2017 2:30 pm

Oral Evidence Session

Nursing workforce
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Witness(es)

Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive, Health Education England
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Director, NHS England
Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement
Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Health
Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer and Executive Director, NHS England
Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive, Health Education England
Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement

Location

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

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