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GPs reluctant to train students

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Some GP practices are reluctant to train nursing students because there is no financial incentive, the RCN has warned.

In response to the NMC consultation on pre-registration training the college said there needed to be greater provision of community placements generally. But it warned that because family practices were paid to take on medical students, they were less inclined to offer placements to nursing students for whom they received no payment.

The RCN also highlighted a lack of nurse mentors in the community.

‘Given the current policy direction being able to provide community placements and mentors is a big issue,’ said RCN head of policy Howard Catton.

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