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Jane Cummings: Shaping the next generation of nurses

With a third of general practice nurses due to retire by 2020, it is vital that we support and strengthen the workforce of the future, says England’s chief nurse.

With a third of general practice nurses due to retire by 2020, it is vital that we support and strengthen the nursing workforce of the future, says England’s chief nurse


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A key ambition of Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View is to provide more care in the community, treating people closer to home. 

Primary and community nurses are often the first point of contact for patients and they deal with a huge range of health conditions. 

We know this can be better for patient outcomes and experience as well as the NHS, but it places additional responsibilities and pressures on primary and community care services. 

Research published by the Queen’s Nursing Institute last year found that 33% of general practice nurses are due to retire by 2020, or are thinking about it. If we are to deliver the vision, we must support an adaptable workforce and develop their skills accordingly. 

In July, I launched a ten-point action plan to support, strengthen and develop our general practice nursing workforce. This set out a number of actions aimed at promoting nursing in general practice, supporting those currently working in this area, offering additional entry routes, career opportunities and return to practice support. 

Four new regional implementation boards have now been set up, which will provide an opportunity for existing general practice nurses to shape and deliver the workforce of the future. 

Click here to find out more about the plan and make your voice heard

 

Jane Cummings is the chief nursing officer for England 
 

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