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Workforce: If the NHS is serious about keeping its nurses, it should protect CPD budgets

Money for training is too often seen as a soft target when cuts are being made
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Money for training is too often seen as a soft target when cuts are being made

Everyone agrees that improving retention of NHS nurses is critical to solving the nursing shortages – the disagreement starts when questions such as ‘what works?’ and ‘who pays?’ are asked.

One major contributor to keeping nurses motivated, committed and performing effectively is to ensure they have access to continuing professional development (CPD). Continuous learning has been identified as a key success factor in Magnet hospitals, where staff turnover is low and patient satisfaction is high.

This penny-pinching is counterproductive

Not for the first time, the NHS has succeeded in undermining its stated intention to improve and motivate staff, by penny-pinching. The NHS England CPD budget has been targeted repeatedly in recent years

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