They would be offered registration six months early and be paid a band 5 wage.
Third-year student nurses are to be given early Nursing and Midwifery Council registration to help tackle Coronavirus, plans have revealed.
Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, today told the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s summit in Birmingham that up to 18,000 undergraduate nurses could be summoned to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mr. Stevens said; “As part of sensible preparation this we want to invite up to 18,000 third-year undergraduate nurses to help out on the front line, and we will be are working with the regulators and staff organisations on this.”
It is understood that student nurses would be offered registration six months early and be paid a band 5 wage.
An emergency response.
Commenting on the plans, a spokesperson for the Royal College of Nursing said; “While we await more detail on the government’s plans for student nurses, we are clear that essential health and care needs of patients must always be undertaken by appropriately paid and qualified staff.
“The RCN will support students who wish to deliver care in this time of difficulty, working within their competency and under supervision.
“Nursing is a highly complex, safety-critical profession. Everywhere nursing staff are working at the frontline, it is vital that they have the resources they need.”
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, further clarified; “We’re working closely with the Government – together with our key partners across all four countries of the UK – on the proposed development of new legislation that would allow us to register individuals on an emergency basis in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“While the planning for this type of situation is complex and ongoing, ensuring we’re adopting an approach that is safe and proportionate is a fundamental part of this work.
“Therefore, we’re currently exploring different groups of nursing and midwifery professionals that could be registered quickly and effectively.
Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair of the Council of Deans of Health said: “In these exceptional circumstances, we are confident in the quality of our higher education healthcare students and their skills and abilities in working with the NHS to support the health and care sector.
“Students nearing the end of their course will have gained a great deal of clinical experience during their studies and, with the support of employers, will have the option to work in a different role in a time of crisis.”
“However, it is imperative that there is clarity on the roles they will be asked to perform and assurance they will be working within their competencies.
“Universities will also have a responsibility to monitor the impact on education, and will look for clarity from the regulators, not only around how they compensate for the loss of practice hours and teaching time but also how the additional experience they will have gained is recognised”.