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A recent surge to pursue nursing in the UK

Nursing roles are a vital support for all health professional teams while working in any setup worldwide. The role of a nurse in the present healthcare settings has become essential and developed than it was 100 years ago.  They are trained to concurrently perform various duties such as caring for patients, giving emotional support to patients and relatives, doing administration paperwork while managing and tutoring junior staff at the same time. In short, nurses are simply the gems of every healthcare who remain undervalued as compared to the duties they offer.

The NHS have suffered an overwhelmed workload and a shortage of nurses and other clinical staff, where the existing ones are found exhausted due to immense work pressure since the covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps, after holding the bursaries to support nurse training since 2016, there was a marked decrease in people willing to pursue a nursing career.

 However, this year, Boris Johnson announced more job opportunities and funding to the nursing sector in England. The NHS extended the allocated budget for nurses from the existing £180m to an extra 25M to support their placement and training this year.

Additionally, in 2020, the UK government announced a new training programme worth £5000 per year, on a not paying back basis, for the eligible nurses, midwives, and paramedic students.

Subsequently, UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) recorded a rise in submissions for 3-year undergraduate nursing courses to nearly 50,000 applications for the Autumn session 2021 that is 35,000(34%) more than the previous year.

According to the data,2020 saw a 27% increase in nursing applications than in 2019. Whereas, in 2021, the rise in applications continued to increase and rose to 34% from the previous two years.

Additionally, the data show that a rise in the application was more drastic among people aged 25- 35 years and above 35 years by 50 % and 43%, respectively.

On the other hand, The EU students coming to undertake nursing degrees slumped to 19%. However, the number of international applicants outside the EU rose more than 20% this year.

Helen Whately, the Minster of care in England, stated that ‘we are one step closer to provide more than 50,000 nurses working in the NHS to provide quality healthcare to our people.

The Chief nurse of health education, Mark Radford, immensely appreciated and was pleased to see students showing more interest in nursing and serving humanity.

Additionally, the NHS England declared a package of more than £15M for healthcare assistant (HCA) jobs for those not willing to pursue full-time education. Perhaps, HCA job roles do not require formal education or a degree and are mostly related to helping clinical staff or caring for patients during wash and dress, mobility, and supporting the ladies in maternity care. Thus, more job opportunities and recruitment for HCA roles would be a helping hand for the medical team, such as nurses who are already overwhelmed due to workload on top of staff shortage.

Thus, the NHS is proud of their healthcare professionals, from doctors to nurses and paramedics, for their hard work and fulfilling tireless commitment, especially during the pandemic.

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