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CCGs seek Department of Health help to find nurses

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Emerging clinical commissioning groups have sought Department of Health help to appoint the nurses who are required to sit on their boards, Nursing Times has been told.

In June the government responded to fears the profession would be excluded from commissioning, including the Nursing Times Seat on the Board campaign, by saying every CCG would have to have at least one nurse on its governing body.

However, some GPs have complained they cannot find nurses, secondary care doctors and members of the public for the board posts – all of which are now required.

NHS national director for commissioning development Dame Barbara Hakin told Nursing Times the Department of Health was currently “offering to help” CCGs to find candidates for their governing bodies.

She said the DH was giving CCGs “support… to ensure the people appointed to governing bodies are the right people with the right skill sets”.

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