1 in 10 practice nurses receive no appraisal

A quarter of practice nurses do not feel arrangements are in place to meet their CPD requirements, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO).

The NAO found that almost all GP respondents had received an annual appraisal, but only 85 per cent of practice nurses had. At least half of practice nurse respondents reported they had never received any specific clinical governance training.

Practices were also poor at reporting incidents to the National Patient Safety Agency. Of 94, 983 incidents reported from community care, only 4 per cent came from general practice. This meant opportunities for learning and developing solutions were being lost, the report said.

The NAO said PCTs needed to have stronger relationships with GP practices to ensure clinical governance procedures were in place across the NHS.

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