Nurse who supervises doctors under fire from GPs

A nurse practitioner who supervises Foundation Year 2 doctors said she encountered 'strange responses' from GPs.

Wendy Fairhurst, who works in Wigan, told the Nurse Practitioner Association conference in Liverpool on Saturday that generally the doctors under her supervision had no problems with her.

She added: ‘I have had strange responses from other GPs at study days I go to. Sometimes they are quite taken aback. I’ve had comments like: ‘They’re training to be doctors, you’re a nurse and you’re supervising them, how does that work?’

‘In a role play on a training day a doctor was very hesitant and said: ‘I don’t know whether you’ll know what I’m talking about’. You just have to grit your teeth and bear it.’

She added that the North West deanery which employs her was keen for her to be a facilitator at a training event and not to reveal her profession until the conclusion.

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