A major piece of work by the King’s Fund is set to assess the practice nurses’ contribution to care in GP surgeries.
Last week the think tank launched its ‘GP Inquiry’, which will assess the quality of care provided by general practices over the next 18 months.
A nurse, Ursula Gallagher, who is director of quality, clinical governance and clinical practice at Ealing PCT, is on the expert panel advising the inquiry. She told Nursing Times that she wanted to ensure the inquiry recognised the significant contribution of practice nurses to primary care services and the importance of nurse-led models of care.
Ms Gallagher said: ‘One of the reasons I am here is to make sure that practice nurses are included. Modern general practice is about teamwork. A lot of the contract work under QOF is done by nurses – running diabetes clinics, running asthma clinics in general practice.
‘There are some new models – we have nurses starting social enterprises and becoming contract holders. They employ salaried GPs,’ she added.