Using community education provider networks to develop general practice nursing

Walsh, N. (2017) Using community education provider networks to develop general practice nursing. Primary Health Care, 27 (4). pp. 26-29. ISSN 2047-900X

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Changing health and social needs and a rapidly ageing population in the UK (Office for National Statistics 2011) mean providers’ responses must be dynamic, flexible, sustainable and focused on the delivery of safe, effective care. Living longer means that illnesses last longer, with conditions such as diabetes, respiratory disease and arthritis (NHS England 2015) having a greater likelihood of comorbidities. This has significant consequences for services across all areas of health and social care. General practice is well placed to respond to pressures and provide health care to those with long- or short-term conditions, in part due to its registered list of patients. The general practice nurse is pivotal to this, but demographics and years of underinvestment in the workforce are likely to see a deficit in the number of skilled workers needed to support this. Therefore, investment in pre-registration nursing programmes is needed to create a highly skilled, effective, sustainable workforce. This article highlights the work of one Community Education Provider Network in establishing student nurse placements in general practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by RCN Publishing. All rights reserved. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Nichola Walsh
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 07:52
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20

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