Our specialist nursing service is funded through the GP Access Fund (GPAF).
Gloucestershire practices are acutely aware of the difficulty in recruiting, retaining and training practice nurses. It can take several years for a practice nurse to train in all the basic skills, and become proficient in chronic disease management.
Many practices are short of nurses with advanced skills at various times, however GDoc is in a position to co-ordinate the availability of nurses and match them with practices requiring their services. 23 practices so far have received support since October 2015.
Currently 13 highly trained specialist nurses are working with GDoc offering specialist clinics to support patients with long term conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and COPD, and cardiovascular conditions.
We are also able to help practices in other areas, such as sexual health, immunisation and travel and other day-to-day practice nurse work.
GPAF also includes opportunities for all practice nurses to update their education, where requested or needed, using Access 2 Education to provide study days across the county for practice nurses. The GDoc team is currently working with a number of education providers to provide funding for one practice nurse from each Gloucestershire practice to undertake a diploma in travel, or sexual health & family planning, or for long term conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory diseases. This will be a good investment in developing the skills local nurses need for general practice in the future.
GDoc still wishes to recruit nurses who have a diploma in CHD, diabetes, asthma, travel or family planning (including coil fitting). These will be very well qualified and experienced nurses who would like to increase their hours of work outside of their own practice.
Please do contact Maria Wear, our Nurse Lead, on 01452 389302 who will be pleased to talk to nurses interested in seeking additional and/or part time work.