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Supply and demand

Jane Butler explains how decisions about the education and training of learning disability nurses are made.

Jane Butler explains how decisions about the education and training of learning disability nurses are made.

At A time of nursing shortages, one way to improve supply is to train more nurses. But who decides nursing numbers, and how can an employer or manager influence this?

In England, the national body responsible for these tasks is Health Education England (HEE). Established in 2012, it brought together for the first time workforce planning and education commissioning of all health professions inside and outside of the NHS. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the arrangements are led by different national bodies.

HEE’s objectives are to:

  • Lead on education and training.
  • Ensure the workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers.
  • Support healthcare providers and clinicians to take greater responsibility for planning and commissioning education and training.
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