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DH rejects 'older person's nurse' role

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The government has ignored Robert Francis QC’s call for a registered older person’s nurse, instead opting for a review of training on this area of care.

In his Mid Staffordshire Foundation Public Inquiry report, Mr Francis aimed to lift elderly care out of its “backwater” by creating the new role of the “older person’s nurse”.

He said the role would recognise the distinct set of skills required to nurse this group, and to incentivise and spread good practice.

The idea received generally positive comments from nursing organisations when it was suggested by Mr Francis last month.

However, the government has decided to reject the proposal in its initial reponse to the Francis report, arguing that many older people in hospitals are under the care of specialist teams where nurses would already have these skills.

The government response to the Francis report claims that it will “go further” by aiming to strengthen the focus on the complex needs of older people through training of the nursing workforce.

The content of the adult pre-registration education will be reviewed and specific post-graduate training for care of older people with complex needs will also be developed.

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