Nurses threaten QOF boycott

Primary care nurses should boycott QOF work if practices fail to offer them adequate training, nurse leaders say.

Kate Howie
Kate Howie

They warned that many nurses are putting their registration at risk by taking on QOF work without the necessary training and supervision, because they fear the sack if they refuse.

RCN Practice Nurse Association chair Kate Howie said: ‘It takes a strong nurse to say: “I’m not going to do that unless you train me to do it.” There is always a fear that the GP practice will find someone else who will.’

She called on nurses to ‘wake up’ to the risks: ‘If something goes wrong and you haven’t had the proper training, you put patients and your registration at risk.’

Research by charity Education for Health last month found that half of nurses delivering advanced COPD care, and a fifth of those delivering advanced asthma care had no accredited training.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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