Nurses and healthcare staff to be trained by practices

GP training practices will have to train practice nurses and other healthcare staff by 2011, according to nurse education experts.

Kate Howie, chair of the RCN Practice Nurse Association
Kate Howie, chair of the RCN Practice Nurse Association

Dorf Ruscoe, general practice lead at the University of Plymouth, told the annual RCN Practice Nurse Association conference last month that GP training practices could have their funding cut if they were not multidisciplinary.

There was 'gossip' that doctors' deaneries, which manage postgraduate medical training, may also become multidisciplinary as part of wider plans, she said.

'The funding stream may be altered in 2011. Practices will only be able to get funding as a training practice if they are multidisciplinary,' Ms Ruscoe said.

She added that it was 'a massive step' towards recruiting and educating more nurses in primary care.

Kate Howie, chair of the RCN Practice Nurse Association, said more pre-registration and secondary care nurses needed placements in primary care as services are moved into community settings.

Nurses at the conference were urged to form local groups and lobby decision makers, as well as respond to consultations on nurse education. 

A DoH spokesman said training other healthcare staff would be 'an added benefit' of the £100m announced this year to extend GP training premises.

But it would be decided locally whether these training facilities are used to train other healthcare staff, he said.

  • Read the full version of this story and more from the conference in next week's Independent Nurse dated 20 July.


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