RCGP set to represent nurses, practice managers and physician assistants

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is to boost its membership by offering representation to nurses, practice managers and physician assistants, according to a former government advisory group member.

Sue Cross, a former national project manager for The Working in Partnership Programme who is now a senior research fellow for primary care at London’s South Bank University, said she was one of a number of people invited by the RCGP to assess whether it should appoint three sub-groups: one for general practice nurses, one for practice managers and one for physician assistants.

She told the Nurse Practitioner Association conference in Liverpool on Saturday that the idea had been backed.

She said: ‘There will be three sub-groups in these three areas linked with the RCGP. It will increase its membership and allow members of these groups to have access to a lot of the RCGP learning tools. It may also be a way of influencing the College as well.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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