Training places for community nurses in Wales will double this year, Health Minister Edwina Hart announced yesterday.
Some 98 nurses will be able to access training to become community nurses from September compared with 45 last year.
The boost in places is an effort to meet the Welsh Assembly government’s objective of providing more care in the community.
The training places are based on workforce plans provided to the Assembly government by the NHS and on the extra staff expected to be needed to meet new community health commitments.
Edwina Hart said that the increase in training places will help move care closer to the patient.
“The staff in the NHS is its most important asset,” she says.
“I am pleased to announce the extra training places to ensure that we continue to have the appropriate levels of staff to meet the health and social care needs of the future.
“Our ultimate aim is to improve the health and quality of life of the people of Wales and these extra training places will help us to deliver on our ‘One Wales’ commitments, including providing more care in the community by nurses.”