Over the next few weeks ProCare Nursing is going to conduct a short study, the study will be looking at the views of people regarding nursing, whether people saw advertisements in secondary school to pursue a career in the care sector, what people think about nursing (pay rates as an example plus other factors) and whether it was ever a viable option as a career path.
Last week we wrote an article that talked about the decline of students being offered placements in undergraduate nursing courses. We highlighted the fact that if student placements are in decline then this can possibly have an impact on meeting the health service demands that are set to increase in the future.
We also wrote in June about the need for 20,000 extra carers in Wales by 2030 as people are living longer. In 2016 there were 160,000 people aged 80 or over, this figure is forecast to increase to 260,000 by 2034, this means there is going to be more demand for care support workers and a demand for nurses. The graphic below shows the forecast figures.
We are conducting this new study as we feel it is important to understand how engaged people are with the health and social care sector. Are people being given the opportunity to see what care work and nursing careers are all about. If demand on health services are going to increase in Wales then we need to understand what we are doing to promote nursing as a viable career path, this study will help ProCare Nursing adapt for the future as health service demands increase.
This study will be made available to bodies who work in the health and social care sector in Wales and across the UK, we hope it will give professionals working in the health and social care sector a good insight to what the views of people are when it comes to nursing careers. Importantly this study is going to highlight whether nursing and care work has been pro-actively promoted in secondary education as a viable career path, or whether it should be promoted at younger ages.
We believe this study will bring useful information to professionals who are managing the promotion of nursing careers as a viable career path.
More about ProCare Nursing
ProCare Nursing is an award winning health and social care agency. We recruit qualified and registered nurses and ensure they are helped in their personal development from new training and re-validation with the NMC.
ProCare Nursing have been delivering high standard care to service users for over 20 years. We established our agency in 1997 and have gone on to employ over 300 care support workers in that time. We ensure we meet the care needs of service users, from those with Mental Health conditions or physical disabilities, we strive for excellence at our health and social care agency.
If you’re interested in our study and would like to include anything that you feel is relevant then get in touch, we are happy to discuss any details that could benefit this short study.
We will be publishing our findings later this month and through September, we will then pass this information on to the Welsh Government department for health, The Royal College of Nursing and other health and social care bodies we believe this study will be useful.