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Practice nurse training 'key aspect' of NHS England £10 million intiative


Nurses are set to gain more opportunities to develop new skills in general practice and other community roles as part of a £10m investment to recruit more GPs.

Developing the role of nursing staff and other primary care workers such as pharmacists is a key aspect of the NHS England initiative, which aims to tackle workforce pressures in general practice.

Pilot training hubs in GP practices with the most pressing staff need will offer training and development for nurses as part of a broader plan to enable practices to accommodate more appointments and improve care, particularly for frail, elderly patients.

Health Education England’s medical director and director of education and quality, Professor Wendy Reid, said the regional hubs will bring together “the wider expertise of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other specialisms tailored to the regional needs of patients locally. All of this underpinned by a more equitable and easier career route within a highly rewarding part of the NHS”.

The £10 million of funding is part of the NHS Five-Year Forward View, which aims to tackle workforce issues.

Health Education England said it is working with partners towards more effective “commissioning, integration and development” for practice and district nurses.

It reaffirmed its commitment to the ongoing training and development of nurses, with a review – the Shape of Caring – due this year.

A spokesperson said: “HEE is setting out clear education and training and career pathways for district and general practice nursing, creating an educational framework that will include education commissioning service specifications; a career framework supported by educational standards; definitions of the CPD requirements of the current workforce to ensure that it is equipped with the skills and flexibilities to deliver new models of care.”

The NHS England initiative will also try to increase the number of family doctors through greater recruitment, stemming the number leaving general practice and persuading doctors to return to the profession or remain as part-time doctors, rather than leave the profession.


Readers' comments (5)

  • Lucky lucky Practice Nurses.
    All this training is just peachy, but does this mean that they also might get 11 minutes to see patients rather than the current 10?

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  • Nursing staff and other primary care workers are cheaper + quicker to get in place than doctors. But should not be a quick fix to resolve GP shortages. Current nursing shortages are already affecting patients care.

    HEE would also need to educate the country what modern staff can currently do + even more with further development.

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  • I have been trying to get a course started for traing up Senior Care Staff in Nursing homes up to a specialist type of Nurse for running Nursing Homes, we then would not have to poach RGN,s from the NHS and at the same time give more opportunites to dedicated / proven Carers.Can anyone suggests ways this could be done ??

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  • I like how it makes reference to general nurses being the ones who will be trained. Surely there is a demand for mental health and learning disability expertise as well?

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  • Anonymous | 29-Jan-2015 12:42 pm

    Here is a great idea !

    The "Senior Care Staff in Nursing homes" could enroll with a University and undertake nurse education which would result in a degree and registration with the NMC.

    To acquire "Specialist type Nurse" status would require further education and the acquisition of an MSc.

    No need to reinvent the wheel!

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