Primary care nurses receive training to take on more of GPs' roles
- Nurses on the programme are employed by a federation, not an individual GP
- Nurses will be trained to take on 75% of GP roles
- The scheme will be reviewed to assess its success
A cohort of five primary care nurses are being trained on a ‘unique’ two-year master’s programme in Northern Ireland.
Since starting in September 2017, the nurses have been studying one day a week at Ulster University, spending three days a week working in GP practices and the other day in tutorials.
Unusually, the nurses have been employed and funded by a partnership of GP practices called Federation of Family Practices Down – a community interest company. Instead of being attached to one practice the nurses can spread their expertise and skills across GP surgeries in County Down, Northern Ireland.
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