Scotland scraps plan to amalgamate community nurses into generic role

The Scottish Government has dropped plans to replace specialist health visitors, district nurses and school nurses with a generic nursing role after protests from nursing organisations.

Independent Nurse reported in March comments from outgoing chief nursing officer for Scotland Paul Martin that the generic nurse plan was ‘not a done deal’.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland and other trade unions said last week they had reached agreement with the Scottish Government to work together to modernise community nursing within a team setting throughout NHS Scotland.

The new approach ‘no longer focuses reform around the controversial generic community health nurse role’, the RCN confirmed.

Several areas had piloted the new role, first mooted and this work will now feed into future plans.

RCN Scotland director Theresa Fyffe said: ‘RCN Scotland welcomes the cabinet secretary’s decision to work with us to find a new way forward for community nursing in Scotland. This is good news not only for nurses working in our communities but also for patients who will continue to have access to the specialist skills of nurses in the community, which are essential to the delivery of high-quality care.’

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