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England appoints three PNs to support workforce development

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Ann Moger is one of three practice nurses taking on a strategic role

Three practice nurses have been appointed in strategic positions to improve education and professional support for practice nurses in England, based at NHS England, HEE and the CQC.

They will work with stakeholders to create a national career pathway for practice nurses, systems to ensure better access to professional development and clearer pathways into general practice for nursing students.

Anne Moger became practice nurse advisor at NHS England on 1 September 2014. Previously programme director for general practice nursing at Health Education Wessex and Thames Valley, Ms Moger will work with the CQC, practice nurses and others to support practice nurses to achieve high standards of patient care.

Karen Storey has been appointed chair of the General Practice Nursing workforce subgroup of Transforming Nursing for Community and Primary Care, at Health Education England. In addition to her role as lead for primary care nursing at Health Education West Midlands, Karen will work with colleagues to develop a national career pathway for the whole general practice nurse workforce.

An education service specification for commissioners will also be created to improve access to education for practice nurses.

The third appointment is Elaine Biscoe, who has become national nursing advisor at the CQC. In addition to working as a locum practice nurse, Elaine will support general practice inspections, and work with NHS England to support practice nurses to deliver high standards of care.

Jeannett Martin, regional director, RCN South West, said: 'If general practice is to have enough nurses to provide the care that patients need in the future, then plans need to be put in place now to ensure that nurses and healthcare assistants that want to work in general practice are supported to do so. This needs to include a career framework for general practice nursing with access to funded education and professional support. These three national appointments will be an important part of enabling this to happen.'

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The promotion of the role of Practice Nursing and provision of Education for those in the role is nothing new. In the late 80s a group of proactive practice nursing leaders developed specialist courses in conjunction with a number of universities. This was in a response to the Cumberlege report ( 1986) that suggested the role was the same as district nursing!! This caused uproar from the Practice Nursing fraternity. Three of us were elected to the UKCC ( 1 from Engkand, 1 from Scotland and 1 from Wales) and gained UKCC and ENB approval for the specialist qualification for Practice Nursing. Many held posts of G and H grades which were commensurate with the responsibility and developing role in running specialist clinics and seeing minor injuries as well a managing teams within a surgery. These pioneers also lecturied on the courses and were qualified in assessing clinical practice. The regrading of nursing posts when "bands" came in gave GPs the opportunity to downgrade the posts. It is important that this new generation of Practice Nurse leaders are truly representing practice nursing and enable them to remain independent practitioners, whilst providing a career pathway and build on those foundations. It is an interesting challenge.
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This is great news, but unless the government are going to force gp's to give the same rates of pay and conditions to practice nurses as other nhs nurses and recognise their qualifications there will continue to be a problem with recruitment!
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Dear Colleague
Having read the recent proposal to introduce a structured career pathway into practice nursing. My personnel opinion is that it would be very welcomed into my own clinical practice.
At present there appears to be very little direction for nurses in general practice, given the expectations of the increasing demanding role.
In my opinion this type of nursing is very specialised and one that certainly requires a comprehensive skill mix and on going professional support.
I believe that given the nature of the role- funding,support and a definitive career pathway would certainly enhance the developement of practice nursing skills and support fundamental core services into improving patient care.
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