This page introduces the roles of nurse consultant.
Nurse consultant posts were first established in 1999. They are central to the process of health service modernisation, helping to provide patients with services that are fast and convenient.
All nurse consultants spend a minimum of 50% of their time working directly with patients, ensuring that people using the NHS continue to benefit from the very best nursing skills.
In addition, the nurse consultants are responsible for developing personal practice, being involved in research and evaluation and contributing to education, training and development.
Nurse consultants are very experienced registered nurses, who will specialise in a particular field of health care. Each consultant role will be very different, depending upon the needs of the employer, but nurses working at this level are amongst the highest paid of their professions.
This article was originally published by NHS Careers