Jenny Aston, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Chair, RCGP General Practice Foundation Nursing Group:
“When the concept of General Practice Nurses was introduced, there was uncertainty amongst GPs, nurses and patients about how our role would be implemented, and the tasks we would be performing – now, it’s hard to imagine a GP surgery without GP nurses. Many surgeries are expanding their teams by employing Healthcare Assistants.
We are skilled healthcare professionals and we have become highly trusted members of the practice team. We are performing more and more activities in general practice, including managing the care of our patients with long term conditions. An increasing number of Advanced Nurse Practitioners are also seeing acute presentations and prescribing or referring patients.
Pharmacists will be a welcome addition to the practice team and I look forward to working together and using our distinct but complementary skills to effectively deliver high quality and safe care to our patients.”