Nursing teams in primary care have become increasingly diverse and highly skilled, taking a substantial amount of chronic disease management from GPs. With many practices now also employing Advanced Nurse Practitioners who can see a range of patients, assess, make a diagnosis and provide treatment for them within a distinct scope of practice, this supports practice skill mix in view of the shortage of GPs. Therefore, traditional roles are evolving as practices and their staff see new areas for personal, practice and business development which will ultimately benefit patients.

Some nurses are becoming partners in general practice, which acknowledges the significance of the nursing role within surgeries and the value of involving them in decision-making.

This topic covers everything the practice manager needs to know for the employment of practice nurses, including recruitment, revalidation requirements and appraisals, plus guidance for the role of practice nurse and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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