Today is a Red Letter Day for my youngest daughter. She is moving out and into her new home with her partner and young Jack. Yesterday was filled with great excitement, sheer hard work, and much loading and unloading of the ubiquitous white hire van. Today my back is telling me that I am getting too old to be taking wardrobes and other assorted furniture downstairs and then take them back upstairs in the new house. It’s definitely a young man’s job. I think next week my house will be a very quiet and still place.
And last week there was a lot of noise (and then complete quiet) over the announcement made by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Health Education England about the introduction of Higher Apprenticeships for Nursing. Like Billy, my initial reaction when seeing the announcement was ‘I despair!’. Like any other apprentice scheme, this one is only a way to gain a qualification, it is not a qualification in its own right. Nursing is now an all graduate profession and so anyone contemplating this apprentice scheme would still need to study and gain a degree in nursing.
The apprentice scheme is also said to make it easier for HCA (and others) who may not have the necessary traditional qualifications to enter Universities and nurse education programmes. However, many of our students have worked as HCAs, and like other universities, we also have many different ways in which potential students can access or programmes. The new apprentices would still have to undertake a NMC approved nursing degree, so it’s difficult to see what this so called ‘change’ and ‘opportunity’ is all about.