HR professionals in the health service have welcomed plans to create a NHS university to improve the training and skills of health workers.
Health secretary Alan Milburn outlined Labour’s proposals to create a university of the NHS which would allow nurses to train to become doctors and porters to develop into managers.
The new NHS university would involve a partnership between the NHS, existing universities and the private sector.
“Every nurse, and every doctor, every therapist and every cleaner should be bound only by the limits of their abilities,” he said.
Mike Griffin, HR director at Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, said he welcomed the plans.
He said, “This is a very exciting prospect. There is a big need for developments like this if the service is to achieve the targets it has set itself. In order to bring in the necessary staff to deliver the NHS plan there has to be an innovative approach to the development and training of health care staff.
“The service has traditionally not had a lot of access to distance learning facilities. Accelerated development of distance learning across a wide range of skills and professions would be very much welcomed within the service.”