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Alison Twycross: Give more school-leavers a solid foundation for entry to nursing courses

Many young people just miss out on the qualifications needed to undertake a nursing degree course. The option of a foundation year would help them to make the grade and could ease the workforce crisis, says nursing professor Alison Twycross

Many young people just miss out on the qualifications needed to undertake a nursing degree course. The option of a foundation year would help them to make the grade and could ease the workforce crisis, says nursing professor Alison Twycross

Most people living in the UK will be aware that there is a crisis in the registered nursing workforce, with around 40,000 unfilled posts in England alone. There are many reasons for this shortage, including incredibly poor workforce planning in the NHS for many years.

Media coverage of poor patient care and working conditions, along with relatively low pay, is likely to be contributing to a public perception that nursing is not a good career option.

Given this, it is perhaps not surprising that data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) suggest that by this year's 15 January deadline

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