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Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the baseline year is for the threefold increase in nurse and midwife preceptorships, as referred to on page 72 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432; how much was spent on nurse and midwife preceptorships in that year; in what year he expects to achieve a threefold increase in spending on preceptorships; whether he expects a threefold increase in spending on preceptorships to result in a threefold increase in the number of preceptorships; and if he will make a statement. (221056)

£10 million has been allocated to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in 2008-09 to support the development of work based learning and post registration support for nurses, midwives and some other professional staff. This includes preceptorship support for newly qualified staff.

This funding will be increased to £20 million in 2009-10 and to £30 million in 2010-11.

It is too early to identify actual spend on preceptorship support by the local national health service in the 2008-09 financial year, or the actual number of preceptorships offered.