Spread training and skills money to HVs and SNs, says LGA

07 November 2019

Government funding of £210m for nurses to improve training and skills should be expanded to cover health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.

The LGA, which represents councils in England and Wales, wants the £1000 personal development budgets announced in the government’s September spending review to be offered to all parts of the workforce – including public health nurses working to deliver the Healthy Child Programme.

Chairman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board Ian Hudspeth said: ‘Each and every nurse, no matter who they work for, deserves the chance to develop their careers and improve their learning.

‘This new funding needs to be extended to include all those other members of the nursing workforce who are based in our communities, outside the health service.’

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