The nursing workforce Contents


Terms of Reference


The current situation

The current situation: summary

1 Retention–keeping the current workforce


Why do nurses leave?


Working conditions

Reduction in funding for nurses’ education and training

Further ways to improve retention

Conclusions and recommendations

2 New nurses


Student funding reforms

Adverse impacts on specific groups


Apprenticeship Levy

Fast-track routes and return to practice schemes

Conclusions and recommendations

3 Nursing associates

A new role and opportunity

A role in its own right

Emerging issues from the pilot

A need for greater clarity

Conclusion and recommendation

4 Nurses from overseas

Language testing

Reassurance for EU nurses

A national recruitment drive

Conclusion and recommendation

5 Workforce planning

Future projections–affordability or need?


Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

Conclusion and recommendations

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Note of discussions with nurses held by the Chair on 9 November 2017

Annex 2: Note of Committee visit to Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, 23 November 2017

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

25 January 2018