Care England welcomes intermediary nursing role, but advises DH to extend and collaborate

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Care England-care industry newsCare England welcomes intermediary nursing role, but advises DH to extend and collaborate

 

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says:

 

The announcement of the Department of Health’s intention to create a nursing associate role is welcome to the care sector. However, several initiatives to create a hybrid, or intermediary role between a nurse and care worker already exist, and have been devised and piloted in care homes, by care providers and by Care England. We would like to see the Department of Health bring together these work streams to create a standardised accreditation for this new role, and invest in the care sector which is presently suffering from a severe nursing shortage.”

 

Martin continued:

 

“The problems caused by the 20,000 nurse shortfall are not exclusive to the NHS. There are 50,000 nurses working in the social care sector who relieve considerable pressure from acute and primary care. We would like to see this intermediary role acting across health and social care to support the sector in mitigating NHS crisis, and providing quality care for residents of nursing homes.”

 

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