Nurses working for GP practices in North Kirklees have got together to set out the care skills standards they should all follow.
They developed the Practice Nursing Competency Framework through the local Nurse Forum, where nurses from practices all over the area get together regularly to discuss matters of common concern.
Dr David Kelly, Clinical Leader of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and a Heckmondwike GP, said “Although they are all part of the NHS, GP practices are independent businesses and the role of practice nurses varies from one practice to another.
“This new framework sets out the skills and abilities all nurses should have to do their job effectively. And because local nurses have put it together it is tailored to local circumstances and health needs.
“The nurses have done a brilliant job on the framework and it clearly demonstrates the value of the Nurse Forum in bringing together expertise and experience from all over North Kirklees.
“Developing consistent high quality practice nursing care is increasingly important as more and more care is provided outside hospitals and in people’s homes or the local community.”
Core competency frameworks already exist for care professionals such as GPs and pharmacists but there is nothing similar for practice nurses.
The new local framework sets out what should be expected of nurses at three different levels of experience – new or developing nurses, experienced nurses and specialist nurses.
The framework covers everything from family planning to end-of-life care, from minor illnesses to long-term conditions such as diabetes.
Kath Greaves, a member of the Governing Body of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and a nurse for practices in Dewsbury and Liversedge, said: “The practice nurses of North Kirklees worked really hard on this framework, with discussion and group work at our Nurse Forum over about five months.
“We looked at frameworks from other areas to inform our process but the content is tailored by the practice nurses themselves to the needs of North Kirklees.
“This framework will benefit patients across the area by ensuring that which every practice they visit, they will receive the same quality and standard of care.”
Kath Greaves, third from the left, with practice nurses from across North Kirklees who helped produce the new skills standards.
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