Could eventually compel the NHS to train more specialist nurses
6th July 2010: Immigration cap is apprehended to affect nursing profession. It could eventually compel the NHS to train more specialist nurses.
The Nursing Times says the government is limiting the number of British visas for non-EU migrants with skills on the shortage occupation list, which includes specialist theatre and neonatal intensive care nurses.
Quoting National Nursing Research Unit director Peter Griffiths, it says this puts the onus on the NHS to solve shortages by training its own staff, rather than recruiting from abroad.
Griffiths says some areas, including theatre nursing, were experiencing shortages as they were no longer part of the undergraduate curriculum. So, few students experienced the work during placements.
He added there was a generally recognised tendency that people were by and large more likely to consider going into a particular area, if they have some experience of it.
HCL locum agency executive vice-chair Kate Bleasdale says more nurses will have to be trained for roles in special care baby units, theatres, intensive care and paediatrics.