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Progress in general practice?

02 April 2023
Volume 34 · Issue 4

Since 2014 I have had the pleasure of working on Practice Nursing. This will be my last editorial for the journal, so I am in a reflective mood. A lot has changed in general practice in this time. We've had the introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives – something that was met with trepidation by some nurses at the time, but it seems to have been a success (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2016), the general practice nursing ten-point plan (NHS England, 2017), various reports on the state of general practice, and not forgetting the COVID-19 pandemic and the biggest vaccination programme ever seen – with GPNs playing an instrumental, and sometimes forgotten, role in its delivery. GPNs continued to see patients face-to-face during lockdowns, as well as adapting to virtual consultations, with some nurses setting up innovative online group consultations (Bradley, 2022).

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