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Breaking Barriers to Nursing

The Open University: Breaking Barriers to Nursing report

A new report by The Open University (OU) has identified the main barriers to the nursing profession, which are key factors contributing to the UK’s shortage of nurses.

Analysis included in the OU’s Breaking Barriers to Nursing report suggests that, if key stakeholders focus on removing the barriers faced by prospective students and ensure that all places to study nursing are filled each year, an additional 10,100 nurses could be fully qualified in 10 years’ time – with a further 4,340 additional students still studying. This would fill 13 per cent of the forecasted nursing deficit.1

The Open University is suggesting a number of ways to remove barriers facing those considering pursuing a career as a registered nurse.


1 The King’s Fund NHS Vacancy Report (2019) forecasts that there will be a deficit of 108,000 nurses in the UK in 10 years’ time. If all places to study nursing were filled each year, there would be a total of 13,800 additional nurses – which is 13 per cent of the total deficit.