Generic role stalls in Scotland.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Practice)
Nurses (Training)
Pub Date: 08/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: August, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 280 Personnel administration
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Scotland Geographic Code: 4EUUS Scotland
Accession Number: 204614110
Full Text: Unite has welcomed Scottish government proposals to abandon pilots of the generic community health nurse (CHN) role, though one of the three health boards trialling the role has confirmed plans to continue with the pilot.

Unite/CPHVA professional officer Gavin Fergie stated: 'For health boards to continue with the discredited generic CHN approach to community nursing is out of step with the majority of health boards. It shows a great lack of respect for their professional staff 's opinion and partnership working in general.'

He added: 'Unite will continue to raise these concerns at the newly-formed Modernising Community Nursing Board, and encourages members to maintain their dialogue with myself as their professional officer. This is an opportunity for members to contribute to the future of modernising community nursing.'

NHS Tayside has trained 20 CHNs and stated that it will continue to develop the generic role. The board's nurse director Professor Elizabeth Wilson said: 'There has been a demand from the Community Health Partnerships in Tayside to support the generic staff nurse element of this model.'

NHS Borders and NHS Highland said that they would continue with aspects of the community nursing review, but it was unclear whether pilots of the CHN role would continue.

In a letter to NHS unions, health and wellbeing secretary Nicola Sturgeon proposed a modernising community nursing programme rather than the generic role, but stated that boards who wished to continue with pilots would be able to do so.

Members who have any concerns over the CHN pilots or the new proposals for modernising community nursing should contact Gavin Fergie on email: gavin.fergie@unitetheunion.com
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