Practice nurses fearful about their future training and support
Primary care nurses fear their training and support networks will collapse with the abolition of primary care trusts.
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Last month’s white paper said “oversight” of local training and education for healthcare providers would be by GP consortia, which are due to replace PCTs from 2013.
Research by Nursing Times suggested that a minority of PCTs have ringfenced practice nurse education schemes and designated leads for practice nurse education.
Practice nurses are concerned that even these will disappear.
Bradford practice nurse and cardiovascular lead nurse Jan Proctor King said: “The focus will be on commissioning and not in the development of personnel. Support, education and development won’t be anybody’s priority.”
But she said: “My immediate concern is that as PCTs are faced with being reduced, the education facilitators and nurse leaders will lose their roles – people who support the new raft of practice nurses.”
Community and District Nurse Association director Anne Duffy agreed. She said: “The biggest [concern] is the cut backs in education, further training and professional development in primary care nurses.”
She said: “Will current levels of professionalism still continue to exist?”