Responding to General Practice – Developing confidence, capability and capacity: A ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing published by NHS England today, Lorna Collingwood-Burke, chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners Nurses Forum and Chief Nursing Officer of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG said:
“Today’s action plan gives welcome recognition at the national level of the vital role that general practice nurses (GPNs) play in the effective delivery of care for patients. Our members have been raising concerns about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to the recruitment and retention of this essential component of their local workforce – this plan to support GPNs plays an important step in starting to address these challenges.
“Nurses on CCGs provide support and often act as leaders for GPNs at the local level as we highlighted in our publication The role of the nurse on the CCG governing body. They understand the immense value that GPNs bring to the delivery of health and care and have developed schemes to support their career development, improving retention and increasing recruitment. With their understanding of the profession and knowledge of service needs at a commissioning level they are uniquely placed to support local implementation of the action plan, including the establishment of an appropriate target of additional GPNs required by local systems and developing new models of care. We look forward to working with NHS England to make sure that the crucial perspective of the commissioning nurse is fully embedded in the decision-making process locally when it comes to supporting the GPN workforce.”
27 July 2017