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Practice nurses training under spotlight

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Practice nurses are having to take on advanced asthma and COPD care without proper training or adequate GP support, a survey of 500 practices suggests.

Practice nurses are having to take on advanced asthma and COPD care without proper training or adequate GP support, a survey of 500 practices suggests.

The 389 responses found one in five nurses carrying out asthma diagnosis and follow up had received no accredited training in asthma. Neither had over half of those providing advanced COPD care.

Additionally, more than 40% of these nurses said GPs were not available immediately for advice, should it be needed.

The training charity Education for Health, which carried out the survey, estimates that that around 4,500 practice nurses providing advanced respiratory care could not have been properly trained.

Read more in this week’s NT.

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