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RCGP initiative targets nurses and practice managers

By Laura Montini

The Royal College of General Practitioners has unveiled a new group aimed at supporting practice nurses, practice managers and physician assistants, as its annual conference opened in Glasgow.

The new organisation, the General Practice Foundation, will be specifically geared toward primary care professionals who are not GPs, and is designed to give them a 'stronger voice' in the development of general practice. It offers a package of benefits centred on education, information and networking.

The RCGP said the foundation had been established in the wake of concerns about inconsistency in the support and professional development available for practice nurses, practice managers and physician assistants. It will consist of three separate forums for each profession.

Dr Maureen Baker, honorary secretary of the RCGP and chair of the General Practice Foundation Steering Group, said: 'This is good news for general practice, and most importantly, for patients.'

'Primary care teams are playing an increasingly important role in supporting GPs and improving patient care.'

'Having a Foundation within the RCGP that is dedicated to the support and development of general practice nurses, practice managers and physician assistants will ensure more quality and consistency in the professional development of the three professions, as well as giving them a stronger voice in the future development of general practice across the UK.'

Dr Maureen Baker: 'This is good news for general practice' Dr Maureen Baker: 'This is good news for general practice'

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