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Practice nurses face uphill battle for training

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Accessing education is fraught with obstacles for 65% of practice nurses, a survey shows.

The Supporting Nurses and Practice survey, carried out over the last 12 months by the Working in Partnership programme (WiPP), also revealed that the same figure believe they need more training to carry out their current role.

Despite the inequalities in employment conditions, 63% of the 1,161 practice nurses reported having a comprehensive job description and regular team meetings with GPs.

Sue Cross, WiPP general practice nurse initiative project manager, said: ‘There is evidence that some nurses are carrying out tasks that they are not formally trained to perform.

‘It’s not all doom and gloom though, over a third of respondents are very involved in decision making. But we want these figures to be 100%.’

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