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Shape of caring review: impact for children's nursing education
  1. Alison Twycross1,
  2. Joanna Smith2
  1. 1School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London, UK
  2. 2School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Alison Twycross
    Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK; alisontwycross{at}

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Following a series of investigations about poor nursing care in England,1 ,2 Health Education England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council commissioned a review of nurse education. The Shape of Caring: Raising the Bar (2015) review was published in March 2015 and its recommendations included:

  • Exploring the ‘2+1+1’ model of training: a 2-year training focusing on the whole person (physical and mental health), 1 year in a chosen specialism, followed by a full year’s preceptorship;

  • The one year ‘specialism’ to include adult, child, mental health, learning disability and community nursing;

  • A greater focus on mental health issues across all ‘specialisms’;

  • A strong grounding in critical inquiry to foster an ability to engage in research and implement research findings into …

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  • Competing interests None declared.