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It's no wonder few trainee or graduate nurses consider a career in general practice, when the important work they do is overlooked by those who should know better. PHE released a press release yesterday on the numbers of people being seen in practice with flu in which Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer, kindly expressed her gratitude to GPs for vaccinating the public. No mention of practice nurses who manage immunisations and the annual flu vaccination programme. Thanks Dame Sally.

When glaring ommissions like this are made by the government's principal medical advisor, it reinforces the view of nursing as being hospital based and does little to advance the role of primary care nurses, despite the future of the NHS being largely reliant on them.

Following the PHE press release there was a minor twitter storm in defence of practice nursing. PHE said they were very grateful for the work of practice nurses in advancing their flu campaigns. Meanwhile practice nurses continued delivering the government's public health agenda as they consulted with patients up and down the land. Not one of them is holding their breath in anticipation of the long-awaited practice nursing vision. The three strategic practice nurses recently appointed to government positions must have been cringing.

There is a ground swell of good work going on out there, the RCN and RCGP work towards a practice nursing career framework, the louder primary care nursing voice and the realisation in NHS England's Five Year Vision that primary care nurses are likely to be the saviours of primary care. But a single thoughtless comment conveys scale of the task still in hand.

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Yet again, no mention whatever of PN's and it will continue for as long as we have NO practice nursing leadership at local or national level - at least none that you would notice. Where is our support, guidance and representation in CCG's and the DH ? This represents huge risks to patients and practitioners.
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Agree with all the above. Still passionate about general practice nursing after 30+ years
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Saddened by the comments expressed by both Chief Medical Officer: who obviously failed to recognise who is undertaking all the grassroots preventative medicine in primary care; and by my colleagues despair and underlying unhappiness expressed in the earlier comments.
The stress from patients expectations and the relentless cycle of change/ targets added together with the pressure facing the NHS can be incredibly dis-illusioning.
As always practice nurses continue to be "ideally placed " for every health initiaitive, every health promotion programme - we share the role of gate-keepers of the NHS, with our GP colleagues.
Now would be a good time to validate our existence as a specialist discipline recognised from the top of the NHS !
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Why i am not surprised but that thoughtless omission, and yet more and more work comes our way. From Gp,s and hospitals not to mention FROM CENTRAL GOVERNMENT !!! would primary care survive without practice nurses the answer is definately NO. QQF would be unachievable without practice nurses, flu clinics would not be set up at ;all !! cervical smears would be missed, immunisations would be poorly attended not to mention health checks, dressings, travel advice, dietary advice, asthma checks , diabetes SHALL I GO ON ! COME ON GOVERNMENT GIVE THE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE . After 42 years working in the health service i would not advise any young person to think very carefully before persuing a career in nursing. I never thought i would ever say that.
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