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Nursing workforce—fit for practice: an overview of the RCN education and training directory
  1. Jodie Roy Walker-Haywood1,
  2. Belinda Loftus2
  1. 1 Umbrella Sexual Health Service, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Sexual Health Service, Spectrum Community Health CIC, Wakefield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jodie Roy Walker-Haywood, Umbrella Sexual Health Service, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B4 6DH, UK; jodiewh_82{at}

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In October 2019, the UK Government responded to the Health and Social Care Committee report on sexual health. The response focused on five key areas; a new national strategy, funding and commission, services, prevention and workforce.

The section on workforce acknowledged that the fragmentation of commissioning services has had a direct impact on the development and training of staff. Its recommendation is that the new national strategy will consider workforce issues by working with appropriate organisations. A highlight within the response is the recent work undertaken by the Royal College of Nursing, funded by Health Education England to develop a training directory highlighting training and qualification requirements for registered nurses, midwives, health advisers and nursing associates as well as unregistered healthcare support staff working in sexual health.

The mandate for the work on the Directory came from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN report on ‘the impact of changes to public health spending on nurses working in sexual and reproductive healthcare . Published in May 2018 the …

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