DoH launches nursing careers consultation

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The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the launch of a consultation on the modernising of nursing careers, with health practitioners and nurses asked to offer their opinions on career development in this field.

Draft proposals from the government aim to encapsulate the changing health needs in society and the reform of healthcare delivery by restructuring nurse careers around specified patient pathways.

These five broad pathways are: children, family and public health; first contact, access and urgent care; supporting long term care; acute and critical care; and mental health and psychosocial care.

Alan Johnson, health secretary, said: "The NHS cannot stand still in the face of profound changes in society and major challenges to health.

"We must design 21st century healthcare systems to meet these challenges."

He added that this system must be accompanied by a workforce that matches it, describing this consultation launch as a key progression towards this goal.

Christine Beasley, chief nursing officer, said that this consultation offers the chance to shape future nursing careers, with the new framework taking from a number of stakeholder advents both regional and nationwide held over the past 12 months.

Last week, the government announced that Family Nurse Partnership would receive a 30 million pound expansion to help young people with parenting skills.

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