From this year, enrolled nurses who performed well in their Institute of Technical Education (ITE) training can apply for shorter nursing diplomas to become registered nurses. The Diploma programme will be offered by Nanyang Polytechnic and Ngee Ann Polytechnic for ITE graduates with a grade point average of at least 3.5.
The Ministry of Health will also set up the National Nursing Academy (NNA) to support continued learning for nurses across healthcare institutions, schools and training providers. While many healthcare providers already provide in-house training programmes for their staff, these are usually not recognised or transferable across different healthcare institutions.
The NNA would provide accreditation and help boost the quality of workplace-based training. This enables the skills and competencies to be portable and stackable, providing nurses with career advancements across healthcare organisations and contexts.
The MOH will also launch a Skills Framework for Healthcare, which will outline the roles, competencies and training programmes for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, pharmacy technicians and patient service associates.