Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is to begin offering full placements for student nurses to experience practice nursing.
The CCG in the West Midlands is hosting its first group of students at six local surgeries, in what it said was a move to tackle the national shortage of GP practice-based nurses.
“We need to inspire student nurses to pursue primary care as a career”
The six students in their second year of training at Birmingham City University are undertaking full-time, nine-week placements with Solihull practices – the first full programme in the region.
Sue Nicholls, the CCG’s chief nurse, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome the first group of student nurses into primary care, which has a lot to offer them as a profession.
“Recruiting nurses is now a challenge for both GP practices and hospitals. We need to inspire student nurses to pursue primary care as a career,” she said.
The practices taking part are Hampton-in-Arden Surgery, Yew Tree Medical Centre, Grove Surgery, St Margaret’s Medical Practice, Tanworth Lane Surgery and Craig Croft Medical Centre.
“It is easier for patients to talk about the problems they are having and, as a nurse, that’s nice”
The CCG said it planned to take another, bigger group of students in November, which would also involve more practices.
Kirsty Millard, the CCG’s practice nurse development lead and practice nurse at Hampton Surgery, said: “We are hoping to generate interest in practice nursing as a career.”
Student nurse Sarah Yates, who is at Tanworth Lane, noted that the placement gave her opportunities for training in areas that would not have been available in a hospital.
“It is different from working in a hospital because you see the same patients and build up a rapport so it is easier for them to talk about the problems they are having and, as a nurse, that’s nice,” she said.