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Building the future workforce through indirect supervision

08 February 2024
Volume 33 · Issue 3

The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan highlights the need to expand and diversify placement capacity in line with future transformative healthcare delivery plans (NHS England, 2023). For Nursing and Midwifery Council-approved education institutions (AEIs), moving away from hospital centralised care involves exploring new placement opportunities in social care, the voluntary sector and emerging digital spaces. However, many of these ‘new’ settings do not employ the registered supervisors and assessors required by the regulators.

These challenges arise at a time when some AEIs have reported challenges in recruiting registered academics, and there is a need to develop new ways of supporting clinical staff interested in joining AEIs (Baltrucks et al, 2020). A new model of practice education has been devised by the University of Chester (Knight et al, 2022), an approach primarily intended to support placement expansion; however, other noteworthy benefits have emerged, including the introduction of a new variety of prospective nurse academics at early career stage, and the fostering of stronger working collaboration between AEIs and private, independent and voluntary organisation (PIVO) placement providers.

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