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What value do specialist nurses add to care of patients in your ward, department or team?

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Key points

  • Since 2005-06, there has been a 465% increase in outpatient attendances at specialist nurse clinics – a rise of more 100,000 outpatients a year
  • Patients appear to value the services provided by specialist nurses; they are consistently rated better than those of other health professionals
  • The role and function of specialist nurses, services they provide and their effects should be described and measured accurately
  • Specialist nurses need to ensure that they have evidence their services are cost-effective and improve patient safety and services
  • The unique knowledge, skills and experiences of specialist nurses means they could play a vital role in commissioning

Let’s discuss

  • What value do specialist nurses add to care of patients in your ward, department or team?
  • What evidence could you use to demonstrate their value to managers or service commissioners?
  • Do specialist nurses have appropriate business skills to justify the services they provide?
  • Do you think specialist nurses are at greater risk of cuts in times of financial austerity than general nurses?

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  • Anonymous

    I know many specialist nurses are feeling under threat particularly if their services is seen as non essential. Sometimes decisions are made without consultation with the services concerned.

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  • Anonymous

    Our ward value the specialist nurse role. the TVN, macmillan and diabetic nurse are regular visitors. Their advice is followed and is appreciated by our doctors.

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  • Natalie Jewell

    Wouldn't doctors be more at risk than specialist nurses because they cost more and specialist nurses have taken on a lot of doctors' work?

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