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Scots unclear on community roles

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PRELIMINARY survey results have shown that 93% of Scottish health visitors and school nurses are unclear how their role would fit into proposals on reforming community nursing.

PRELIMINARY survey results have shown that 93% of Scottish health visitors and school nurses are unclear how their role would fit into proposals on reforming community nursing.

Of the 300 community nurses who have so far replied to a Unite/CPHVA survey, almost 30% said they would look for a new job if recommendations in the Scottish government’s review of community nursing were implemented.

This recommends that the role of health visitor and school nurse be combined in a generic community role.

Gavin Fergie, professional officer for Unite/CPHVA Scotland, said: ‘Staff are extremely unclear about how they will fit into the new model, and we need their views to be taken seriously.’

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