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The future of general practice nursing: ARRS, DES and students

Presented here have been several factors that will impact the GPN role as the nursing workforce in primary care and there are advantages and threats to each consideration. It is important to reflect...

Overcoming OSCE anxiety

OSCE anxiety is transient, unlike an anxiety disorder which is a common mental health presentation that persists for more than 6 months (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Test anxiety can...

The past, present and future of advanced nursing practice

Historically, there has been confusion surrounding the level of academic attainment, skills acquisition, knowledge and role identity that defines advanced nursing practice. However, more recently,...

Practice nurse workforce numbers: are we heading towards a problem?

Despite the need for practice nurses, the number of nurses working in primary care remains significantly lower in comparison to secondary care as shown in Figure 1. It is worth noting that NHS Digital...

Health inequity in the UK: exploring health inequality and inequity

The UK has an ageing population; with life expectancy at birth of around 79 years for men and 83 years for women (Office for National Statistics (ONS), 2021a). A demographic trajectory also influenced...

Prescribing errors in general practice

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA, 2014) defines a medication error as: ‘a patient safety incident where there has been an error in the process of prescribing, preparing,...

Communication barriers that affect medication adherence in patients with learning disabilities

Adherence is described by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an acknowledged agreement between patient and prescriber concerning clinical recommendations and the extent to...

Advanced practice education and development

During the 1990s, regulation of nurses was provided by the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC). The UKCC undertook a number of consultations and identified growing support for regulation of ‘higher...

Shaping and delivering services in primary care: benzodiazepine and opiate withdrawal service

Good practice in prescribing opioid medicines for pain should reflect fundamental principles in prescribing generally. The decision to prescribe is underpinned by applying best professional...

Compassion in leadership: staff morale and burnout

Work-related stress is prevalent within the NHS (2020) and if not acknowledged and resolved may lead to burnout. Burnout can be defined as a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, cynicism and negative...

Evidence-based strategies to promote vaccine acceptance

The range of psychological, physical and contextual barriers to vaccination uptake are set out in a previous paper (While, 2021).

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