Analysis

Primary care nurses receive training to take on more of GPs' roles

A partnership of GP practices is funding two-year master's programmes to train nurses 
Northern Ireland
  • 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.

Extended skills

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