Expanding Skills of Staff to Cope with NHS Demand

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17 May 2016

Responding to the Nuffield Trust’s recommendations that nurses, paramedics and pharmacists should be trained to help the NHS cope with demand, Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said:

"The College strongly supports the principle of developing wider skills and competencies across the medical workforce as we believe these are vital pre-requisites of patient focused care.

"For this end, we are proud that we already oversee a range of training and CPD activity that has increased skills, challenged workforce hierarchies and promotes a more team approach to surgery. For example, our Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care brings together nurses, doctors and paramedics to offer training, accreditation and support skills development for those delivering emergency care.

"Likewise we have recently launched a Faculty of Perioperative Care that offers a framework of  quality assured training to develop the skills of the wider surgical team.

"We look forward to working with employers and representatives from the other medical professions to introduce further activities to help increase the resilience of the NHS.”

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