New grant for nursing students

NHS Employers | December  2019 | New grant for nursing students

Nursing students starting courses from September 2020 will be eligible for a new grant of £5000, which they will not need to pay back announced by the Government last month. 

All nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will be eligible for £5,000 a year to help with living costs, as part of new plans set out by the government.

The funding could benefit more than 35,000 students and will not have to be repaid by recipients.

Under the plans, students will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 further funding available for particular areas of need including:

  • specialist disciplines that are struggling to recruit including mental health
  • an additional childcare allowance to help balance studies with family life, on top of the £1,000 already on offer
  • areas of the country which have seen a decrease in people accepted onto some nursing, midwifery and allied health courses over the past year.

Full details are available from NHS Employers

See also:

Department of Health and Social Care Nursing students to receive £5,000 payment a year


Introducing asthma guidance in Shropshire schools

NHS England | April 2019 | Introducing asthma guidance in Shropshire schools

School nurses in Shropshire have developed and implemented asthma management guidance to provide support and treatment for school children with asthma. 

At the outset the school nursing team undertook an audit of primary and secondary children across Shropshire. Responses demonstrated that:

  • 10% of pupils with asthma had an asthma care plan in place
  • 44% of schools had written guidelines on managing an acute asthma episode
  • 57% of schools had received education and training to support them to manage children with asthma conditions
  • 50% of asthma inhalers kept by schools weren’t appropriate for pupils to use efficiently during an attack


As a result of this a steering group was established and the group produced guidance on managing asthma in school:

  • Schools should have an identified asthma lead who will act as a key contact and take responsibility in ensuring oversight and coordination of the guidance principles into practice, as well as staff education, training and support;
  • School staff should ensure that children with asthma have their relieving medication with them in school and take steps where this isn’t the case to maximise safety;
  • Children with asthma should have easy access to their relieving medication at all times while in school;
  • Children with asthma should have an individual healthcare plan highlighting their specific triggers and symptoms;
  • School staff should document when children take their medication, self-administered or otherwise; and,
  • School staff should be equipped and trained to manage an acute asthma attack within the school setting. (Source: NHS England)



Technology enabled care services to support people in rural settings

NHS England | April 2019 |Technology enabled care services to support people in rural settings

New to the Atlas of Shared Learning is a case study where a Clinical Nurse led the implementation of Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) in Shropshire. Taking this digital approach to care is has significantly improved patient accessibility and experience, outcomes and use of resources locally (Source: NHS England).

Technology enabled care services to support people in rural settings


Leading Change Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff – Year Two: Interim Evaluation Report

NHS England | April 2019 | Leading Change Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff – Year Two: Interim Evaluation Report

NHS England has published an evaluation that reports on the second year of the Leading Change, Adding Value framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff, (LCAV) and its implementation, so far.

Leading Change Adding Value: a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff – Year Two: Interim Evaluation Report


Starting community conversations

NHS England | March 2019 | Starting community conversations

In a recent post on NHS England’s blog the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, explains how the Trust has started bringing together all the different groups in what we call ‘community conversations’, in an initiative which aims to pass leadership on engagement to local communities, and better connect GPs and other health professionals, local government, social services, the voluntary sector and local people, in ways that work for them. 


Read the full post Starting community conversations

Increasing General Practice Nursing placements for student nurses

NHS England | February 2019 | Increasing General Practice Nursing placements for student nurses

A project in Sussex led to the development of General Practice placements for student nurses to experience General Practice Nursing (GPN). 

The nurse for Primary Care Workforce Tutor (PCWT) and the Tutor Lead for Advancing Nurse Practice reviewed the GP workforce data across Kent, Surrey and Sussex as collected by Health Education England. They identified an increased anticipated reduction of qualified GPNs across the region due to projected retirement in the next 2 to 5 years.

Collaborationnurse-815150_640.png with the university supported the vision of what an excellent placement should look like and the skills which could be achieved in the GP provider settings. The PCWT and the Tutor Lead for Advancing Nurse Practice have formed close working relations with the university colleagues, to support ongoing development of the programme.

The changes made to implement the programme included:

  • Providing students with opportunity to observe all aspects of the system and facilitating bespoke opportunities;
  • Developing an induction pack which was adopted by GP providers. This included the expectations of the practice, the student and the skills the student training is delivering, either supervised or unsupervised. This document continues to develop, especially as the team are moving towards hosting multi-disciplinary placements;
  • Developing a preceptorship programme to support newly qualified nurses awaiting their PIN;
  • Creating a workforce development conference locally.

Collaboration and co-production with the university supported the vision of what an excellent placement should look like and the skills which could be achieved in the GP provider settings.

The programme aims to bring the right education, training and development to enhance skills, knowledge and understanding to the future nursing and wider workforce (Source: NHS England)

Read the full case study at NHS England

[Atlas of Shared Learning] Respiratory Nurse delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients

NHS England | December 2018 | Respiratory Nurse delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients

The Nurse Consultant in the chest clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne Foundation Trust led on the development and implementation of a new Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD). By extending the respiratory nurses’ CBT skills, the holistic programme has improved patient outcomes as well as experience and use of resources.


Following the completion of a research project on the impact of COPD from a patient’s perspective the nurse consultant identified that patients attending the chest clinic commonly experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression in addition to frightening breathlessness.

The nurse consultant led on the development and implementation of a respiratory nurse led CBT-based service, through the education and training of the respiratory nurses within the service, as well as a quantitative analysis to assess the impact this had on patients.

85 per cent of patients completed the programme, of these patients used the programme to address breathlessness, changing their lifestyle e.g. stopping smoking or losing weight and managing symptoms of anxiety and depression (Source: NHS England).

Read the case study NHS England  Respiratory Nurse delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients

State of maternity services

State of Maternity Services Report 2018 – England | Royal College of Midwives

This report provides an overview of some of the ‘big picture’ trends that are taking place in the midwifery workforce and identifies some of the challenges that face the profession and maternity services. The main findings reveal that the number of NHS midwives in England rose by just 67 in the last year, despite universities turning out over 2000 newly-trained staff.

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This year the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has published individual reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The full RCM report can be read here
Additional links:
Press release  | RCM
From Brexit to the birth rate: why midwives are leaving the NHS – and causing a crisis | The Guardian

1 in 5 nursing students drop out before graduation

Nursing Standard & The Health Foundation  | September 2018 | Why as many as one in four nursing students could be dropping out of their degrees

Almost a quarter of nursing students (24 per cent) drop out of their courses prior to graduation finds a new study from the Nursing Standard and The Health Foundation.  Their findings show that over 16,000 UK nursing students who began three-year degrees that were due to finish in 2017, 4,027 left their courses early, or suspended their studies.


Further analysis of this data gives an average attrition rate of 24% in the UK. The RCN suggest reasons for this rate of attrition as bad experiences on clinical placements, financial difficulties and academic pressures all impacting on the decision to leave or put studying on hold (Source: Nursing Standard & The Health Foundation).

Read the Nursing Standard press release 

The Health Foundation article here 

In the media:

The Independent | One in four nurses drop out before graduating, new research reveals

The Guardian | Quarter of UK student nurses drop out before graduation, study finds

Daily Mail | Student nurses are quitting courses in their droves amid fears over Britain’s 40,000 vacant nursing posts

Express | NHS Staff crisis at 25% of student nurses drop out 

Routes into nursing

NHS Employers | August 2018| Routes into nursing

A new infographic relesased by NHS Employers highligts the different routes into nursing.  Until recently, the routes to developing registered nurses within the workforce have been limited, with the university degree being the main way to train this group of staff. 

The introduction of the nursing degree apprenticeship gives a new opportunity for employers to train nurses, while the creation of the new nursing associate role can help to be a bridge between healthcare assistants and graduate registered nurses. These new routes can create a confusing picture for employers and so we have created a resource to support you to make the most of the new and existing routes into nursing (Source: NHS Employers).

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The infographic is available to download from NHS Employers
See also

NHS Employers also provide an overview of the different routes, follow each link for further details: