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Placements are a vital piece of the general practice staffing puzzle

A practice nurse prescriber says student placements help build the workforce of the future
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A practice nurse prescriber says student placements help build the workforce of the future

One of the major pledges in NHS England’s General Practice Forward View strategy, published in April 2016, was to significantly expand the primary care workforce.

By 2020-21, NHS England aim to have 10,000 more staff working in general practice – an extra 5,000 doctors and 5,000 other staff, including nurses.

But with a 2015 report from the Queen’s Nursing Institute revealing that more than a third of practice nurses in the UK are due to retire by 2020, and that just 27% of practices offer placements for preregistration nursing students, where are all these extra nurses going to come from?

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