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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

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.

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