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Scotland rethinks community roles

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Ongoing concerns about Scottish Government plans for a generic community nurse have prompted the RCN to launch its own review of the role.

Four health boards are starting to pilot the generic role, drawn up by the Scottish Government under the 2006 review of community nursing (NT News, 20 May, p5).

But the college believes changes to the Scottish NHS
in the last two years, concerns over a loss of specialist skills and other health boards coming up with their own version of the role warrant its review.

Explaining one of the problems, Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland director, said: ‘Some health boards not directly involved in pilots are developing a range of other approaches. This lack of consistency is risking a fragmented approach.’ to community healthcare.

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