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NHS Bedfordshire CCG aims to boost numbers of nurses in general practice

02 December 2016


NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is appointing a new nurse tutor to spearhead a training, skills and development programme for nursing staff. The project will locally tackle the national shortage of qualified nurses who work in general practice.

The Bedfordshire scheme will see better training and support for practice nurses as well as opportunities for healthcare assistants to up-skill and train to be nurses.  

The Nurse Tutor will arrange training placements for students and liaise with universities to help practices and their nursing teams to meet increasing demands.

Bedfordshire’s new Nurse Tutor Carol Clapham has over 26 years NHS experience and has previously worked as a community matron and a nurse tutor.

Carol said: “Practice nurses and healthcare assistants are a vital part of the clinical team at a local surgery and are often the first port of call for patients. 

“General practice is so busy that it is a challenge keeping up to date with both knowledge and skills, attending training courses and team meetings whilst still managing to do all the work needed to support patients.”

Bedfordshire CCG’s project for more practice nurses goes hand-in hand with its drive to boost numbers of GPs in Bedfordshire which also focuses on offering enhanced training opportunities and professional support.

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