I found out today that the NHS are now providing 4 year apprenticeships for RNs, where you work in hospitals, earn a wage and attend university for your BSc Nursing. So pretty much going back to the 70s style training then, except you get a shiny degree at the end. Oh and they've just started registering "Nursing Associates" who have 2 years training with a foundation degree at the end. According to NHS England, they definitely aren't the same as Enrolled Nurses, except they're exactly the same. Talk about reinventing the wheel.
I'm trying to find out if foreign trained enrolled/practical nurses can register as Nursing Associates, and will report back if the NMC ever deigns to respond!