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Plan for practice nursing set to be published, says England's CNO

A ten point plan for general practice nursing will be published by NHS England, Jane Cummings revealed at her Chief Nursing Officer summit in Birmingham.

A ten point plan for practice nursing is to be published by NHS England, Jane Cummings revealed at her Chief Nursing Officer summit.

In a keynote speech to delegates on Tuesday at the start of the two-day conference, England's chief nurse also called for more clinical placements for nursing students in GP practices.

She also said there needed to be room for personal development for practice nurses and for a greater number of healthcare assistants in primary care.

The plan will focus on five main areas: entry into practice nursing, establishing the role of the practice nurse, enhancing the role, expanding the healthcare support workforce and embedding ongoing support for practice nurses into the future.

News of the new practice nursing plan follows the publication of a practice nursing workforce

A ten point plan for practice nursing is to be published by NHS England, Jane Cummings revealed at her Chief Nursing Officer summit.


Jane Cummings has announced plans for greater placements for students
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In a keynote speech to delegates on Tuesday at the start of the two-day conference, England's chief nurse also called for more clinical placements for nursing students in GP practices.

She also said there needed to be room for personal development for practice nurses and for a greater number of healthcare assistants in primary care.

The plan will focus on five main areas: entry into practice nursing, establishing the role of the practice nurse, enhancing the role, expanding the healthcare support workforce and embedding ongoing support for practice nurses into the future.

News of the new practice nursing plan follows the publication of a practice nursing workforce development plan earlier this month by education and training body Health Education England (HEE).

The HEE plan is aimed at raising the profile of practice nursing, increasing consistency in recruitment, retention and a return to practice programmes.

The HEE document is a response to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and General Practice Forward View, which called for a practice nursing strategy and multi-million pound investment.

There are nearly 8,000 general practices in England. The HEE plan covers four main areas; entry into general practice nursing, establishing the role of the general practice nurse, enhancing the role and expanding the healthcare support workforce.

Further information

Workforce development plan to boost profile of practice nursing


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