Nurses urged to work with LMCs on training

Nurse practitioners are urged to liaise with Local Medical Committees (LMCs) over training and not primary care organisations.

Michelle Drage Photograph: Haymarket Medical/Emilie Sandy

Dr Michelle Drage, chief executive of Londonwide LMCs and a London GP, told delegates at the Nurse Practitioner Association conference in Liverpool this month that GPs and nurses were stronger together.

She said: ‘LMCs come in two types: they can be part of over-arching organisations like mine that includes 15 other LMCs or be very parochial.

‘Those that are bigger tend to be more approachable.’

Dr Drage said she believed that primary care should be paying Agenda For Change or a satisfactory equivalent rate for nurses.

‘I believe in embracing and celebrating the rich diversity of the two professions together. They are complementary and there is enough work to go around for the both of us.’

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