RCGP calls for more nurse partners

All practices should consider making nurses partners according to the chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).

Dr Steve Field
Dr Steve Field

Professor Steve Field (pictured) said he felt it was obvious that the best clinical care was delivered by those in partnership; particularly those in long-term partnerships.

‘We need to think about how we attract the best quality nurses into primary care, rather than by default because they don't want to work in hospitals or be district nurses. Ways of doing that is by making them partners, or by making sure they are involved in decision-making and developing strategy for the practice.'

Professor Field added that incentive payments and bonuses or sharing the quality framework profits were also useful for motivating staff. ‘It's important we recognise that practice nurses have a unique role because their training is different and they have a different focus.'

However, he said GP income had gone down over the past few years while nurse pay had risen and acknowledged GPs might be reluctant to follow his recommendations.


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