Closing the leadership gap: investing in apprenticeships to help address senior nurse shortages

How nursing management degree apprenticeships can help fill the gap in senior nurse positions.

The apprenticeship levy, introduced in April 2017, aims to fund three million apprenticeships in the UK by 2020, and will ensure that organisations that spend more than £3 million on pay each year invest in apprenticeships. There are a range of apprenticeships available in healthcare, including nursing management degrees, and some NHS employers see them as an opportunity to invest in, and develop, existing staff.

Issues related to skills gaps in the NHS are well documented. In a rapidly evolving health sector, where research and advances in technology mean that patient care rapidly changes, the pressures on academia to deliver skilled, practical graduates into the workforce is unprecedented.

When graduates do enter the field, the requirement for NHS employers to ensure equal development opportunities is also pressing. Transparent pay structures and a


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