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Interviews for all student nurses

Students of healthcare related courses, including nursing, medicine and physiotherapy will be subject to “assessment of their values of behaviours”.

Health Education England (HEE) proposed the changes after Robert Francis QC's report on the failings at Mid Stafforshire Hospital was released last week.

Values must be 'demonstrated'

“If people can't demonstrate the right values and behaviours they should not get jobs in our NHS. It is as simple as that,” said HEE's chief executive Professor Ian Cumming.

The head of the health authority set up last year to ensure high quality NHS education said it was his “personal belief” that the NHS should recruit and train for values.


HEE will be talking to universities to ensure that every student is “interviewed prior to being offered a place”, Professor Cumming said.

Although HEE still needs to “reflect” on the 290-reccomendations, it is in the process of developing a test for NHS employers to test the values and behaviours of potential employees.

Aptitude testing

The Francis report recommended the widespread adoption of aptitude tests for staff seeking NHS employment, as well as an elderly care specialism for nurses.

In light of the report, HEE will be looking at the content of training programmes for all NHS staff.

Professor Cumming said: “We want to ensure that in addition to values and behaviours people also have the appropriate levels of skills and training to undertake their roles.”