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Workforce strategy for general practice nursing due in the autumn

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Work is underway to develop a national workforce strategy for general practice nursing, which is due to be published in the autumn. 

The strategy, which will tackle a range of issues inlcuding how to increase the number of pre-registration placements, is being led by workforce planning body Health Education England.

It was promised earlier this year in NHS England’s General Practice Forward View. HEE is now calling on general practice nurses, managers, educators and organisations including clinical commissioning groups to submit evidence of best practice to help inform the strategy.

In addition to boosting placement numbers, the strategy will also look at what measures can be introduced to improve retention of the existing workforce, how to improve training capacity, and support for return to work schemes for practice nurses.

The strategy will provide a practical guide on how to tackle these issues and will be aimed at organisations, including CCGs and federations, as well as practice managers, educators, GPs and nurses working in general practice.

It will also link to other relevant programmes of work already underway that are being led by HEE, NHS England and other organisations, such as the General Practice Forward View, which was published in April.

HEE said the strategy would also build on its national training framework for district and practice nurses, launched last year.

A working group has been set up by HEE to develop the strategy including representatives from HEE, NHS England, the Royal College of Nursing, the Queens Nursing Institute and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The group is now calling for evidence of good practice across England to help inform the strategy.

Draft submissions should be sent to the group by 5 September, with final versions required by 19 September.

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