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More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the profession to expand the workforce, including a move to open new…
Queen's University Belfast is trialling new psychometric tests as part of its admission process for nursing undergraduates. The University's School of Nursing and Midwifery has revised its current selection process and introduced a new values-based approach to its recruitment procedure to ensure an increased focus on personal attributes and values.…
This evaluation was commissioned by the Department for Education in 2015, as part of a series of studies into the implementation and impact of the Step Up to Social Work qualifying programme. The objectives set out by the Department for Education specified the overall aim for the study of assessing…
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing are being developed at level 4 and level 5 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications…
The University of Wolverhampton is working with Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of highly skilled future nurses. Cygnet Health Care, a leading independent provider of specialist mental health care services, is one of the first providers to introduce Nursing Associate Foundation Apprenticeships into the independent sector as…
Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has confirmed the NHS bursary will be extended in Wales for students starting their studies in September 2019. The bursary, for eligible student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, was scrapped in England in 2017. In Wales, the full bursary package will continue to be…
Over 5,500 childminders across Scotland, and those entering the childcare sector, now have access to an accredited Work Based Award that recognises and values the unique form of childcare they provide, thanks to the launch of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway. The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) working with SQA have…
A unique new study is being proposed by academics at RGU to review the impact of its social work education as the programme celebrates its 50th year. The university – and Robert Gordon’s Technical College (RGIT) before it – has delivered a range of social work qualifications over the decades,…
The number of people applying to train to become nurses has fallen by 10%, new figures show. Figures on UCAS undergraduate applications show that there were 43,700 applicants to nursing courses, down from 48,810 the previous year. Among these, 31,750 applicants are English, 14% lower than at this point in…
A Postgraduate Diploma programme in Adult Nursing introduced by Bangor University is the first course of its kind in North Wales. It offers recent graduates of life and social science a fast-track two-year route to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The new postgraduate course meets a growing need.…
Foreign nurses applying to work in the UK will be able to demonstrate their ability to speak English using an additional test, the nursing regulator has announced. The move may boost the number of nurses who come to work in Britain. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said it will…
Training programmes for social workers are helping improve skills, understanding and confidence, but a high number of practitioners don’t finish them. These are the main findings of an independent evaluation of the third year of the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework carried out by Cordis Bright on behalf…
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