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Retention drive will include moves to boost advanced roles in nursing

Health Education England wants to make nursing careers more attractive

Advanced nursing practice career frameworks will be developed by Health Education England (HEE) as part of its drive to increase retention among nurses and so reduce reliance on overseas recruitment.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, the organisation’s nurse director, cited research showing that 17,800 nurses left the profession during 2014, in addition to those whose careers came to an end due to retirement.

This was more than joined the register for the first time on qualifying, with the gap being plugged largely by staff imported from abroad.

‘Careers are not satisfying,’ Ms Bayliss-Pratt acknowledged at the sixth International Nurse Education Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

‘There is not a career architecture or framework, and people cannot progress easily.

‘It’s important that we start to sell nursing as a career for life, because we do not have a problem attracting people onto programmes, but what we cannot seem to do is keep them in the profession after they have qualified – if we get them that far.’

She said that HEE is looking to create advanced nursing practice frameworks that help people see clearly what they have to do if they want to pursue a career in education and research, a clinical specialism or leadership role.

‘Expectations of our nursing and care community have changed over the years. We have got to upskill the whole workforce and help to develop people, because care is more complex and we need to make nursing careers attractive.’

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