DoH and Londonwide LMCs urge GPs to support practice nurse training

GPs can do 'far more' to improve education and training opportunities for practice nurses, according to a top London GP.

Dr Drage: GPs and nurses working together would cope better with NHS reforms
Dr Drage: GPs and nurses working together would cope better with NHS reforms

Dr Michelle Drage, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said the capital's 6,000 GPs and 3,000 practice nurses working together would be ‘stronger' in the face of reforms led by NHS London.

Speaking at Londonwide LMCs' first event for general practice nurses on Wednesday, Dr Drage said the organisation now ‘represents whole practice teams' and not just GPs.

Pauline Watts, the DoH's project director for modernising medical careers, said a DoH working group was looking at how to improve practice nurse education, possibly via GP contracts.

‘At the DoH we can't influence the terms and conditions of your employers because they are independent GPs,' she told the delegation of practice nurses.

‘But we can look at primary care contracts and various indicators within them.'

‘We are looking closely at how we can get practice nursing into the mainstream,' she said.

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