Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, has recently announced that nurses, midwives and allied health professionals are to receive more funding to allow them to complete Masters degrees and PhDs, or to spend more time doing internships. This will allowing them to gain expereince in using research to increase innovation in the NHS.
At the recent Florence Nightingale Conference, the Health Secretary said, “This strategy will help the nurses, midwives and allied health professionals develop their research skills and to maintain our position as a centre of scientific excellence”. He added, ” Often it is those with first hand knowledge of caring for patients who can apply their skills in improving patient care. This is about investing in our nurses, midwives and allied health professionals so they are able to offer the nest care possible and make the NHS even better”.
The Department of Health has more information on their website.