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The future of placements

10 June 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 11

There is broad consensus that a well-designed equitable placement system for nursing and allied health professionals (AHPs) can support positive change in the quality of education and training for the future nursing workforce. No system can perfectly suit all purposes across a system as complex as the NHS. This notwithstanding, a well-designed system of complementary mechanisms has a role to play in supporting improvements in the quality, value, effectiveness and efficiency of placements.

In designing any system, it is difficult to know the scale of change required without a clear understanding and agreement of the strategic aims and objectives. There are multiple factors to consider, and these are briefly discussed in this article.

First and foremost, the placement system needs to redefine its primary purpose. Whether this is equitably allocating resources, improving pathways, driving efficiency, improving effectiveness or increasing placement capacity, the purpose must be clearly defined and understood by all parties. It needs to be a fair, equitable and accountable system that emphasises the need to match capacity and resources with opportunities for learners, across a multiprofessional healthcare economy.

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