Cardiff University Ty Dewi Sant Heath Campus Cardiff CF14 4XN Tel Ffon +44(0)029 2074 2922 Fax Ffacs +44(0)029 2074 2941 Date: 15th June 2006 Email E-bost [email protected] Prifysgol Caerdydd Ty Dewi Sant Campws Mynydd Byc Renal NSF Consultation Major Health Conditions and Clinical Support Services Team Welsh Assembly Government Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NQ To whom it may concern, Re: the consultation document titled ‘Designed to Tackle Renal Disease in Wales: A National Service Framework (NSF) - (Welsh Assembly Government 2006). This NSF is welcome. I write, however, to raise my concern about accessible and appropriate learning opportunities that ultimately provide a sound platform for quality patient care. The accomplishment of patient sensitive care, which characterises much health policy and this NSF, in particular, demands a responsive, clinically relevant education programme where the patient journey is central. The School has a history of such provision and currently offers the only renal nursing degree pathway available in Wales: BSc in Clinical Practice (Renal Nursing). Through close collaboration with clinically active colleagues from throughout South Wales, the course design and content draws nurses from both public and private centres. For example, nurses from satellite haemodialysis units in West Wales can, with those caring for recipients of a renal transplant, share experiences and learn together. The School will continue to respond to the education agenda set by service leaders, the NSF in this instance. However, in the current climate of resource challenged healthcare, the successful provision of accredited education could be at risk. In the face of competing demands on funds, service providers may have to resort to means that fracture the provision of renal nurse education. If informed patient care is to accompany the increased demand for renal services in Wales then opportunities for nurses to continue sharing education and clinical experiences warrant deliberation and protection. Yours faithfully, Georgina Hourahane Lecturer in Adult Nursing. c.c. Mrs Elaine Beer, Director Adult Nursing Directorate.