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Nursing in the UK is at the crux of a crisis that has been building for many years. Nurses are working at breaking point, with low pay and under difficult conditions. The aim of this research project is to examine issues at the heart of gender, diversity, pay and working conditions within
nursing, to help the sector better respond to the rising challenges within the profession.
The work is being carried out by the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice (CDPRP) at Oxford Brookes following a competitive call to tender from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, to promote excellence in practice and campaigns to help shape health policies. The work carried out by CDPRP at Brookes will form part of the evidence base that will help substantiate campaigns to shape future policy.
Nursing is under pressure from the demands of an ageing population, the removal of nursing training bursaries in England and with concerns that many nurses currently working in the UK originate from European countries and face the unknown impacts of Brexit.
Rachael McIlroy, Senior Research Lead, Employment Relations, RCN, commented, "CDPRP’s bid absolutely stood out for me in terms of their knowledge of the subject area and their approach to the work. I have continued to be impressed working closely with them on the project, not only their expertise but the whole team's commitment to understanding the RCN’s needs as a professional trade union. This is a hugely important project for the RCN as it sets out to understand and define, for the first time, the consequences and outcomes for nurses working in a historically feminised workforce."
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