Nurses to help take on a quarter of GP appointments in South West England

Nurses and other health professionals in South West England will conduct more than a quarter of GP appointments under plans to relieve pressure on general practice.

This is the first time that commissioners planning to improve primary care integration to reduce GP visits have estimated exactly how many appointments they aim to avoid.

The regional plan to ensure health services are sustainable by 2020/21 across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) says that 27% of patients now visiting their GP will be seen instead by nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) aim to improve patient outcomes and financial stability as directed in the Five Year Forward View.

Full Story on Nursing In Practice 16th February 2017