Essay about The Role of the Assistant Practitioner

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The object of this essay is to discuss the role of the Assistant Practitioner. How it has emerged; how it fits into the structure and skill mix of the NHS workforce and the effect it has had on that structure. It will also outline the principles of accountability and statutory regulations that govern the day to day practice of the role.
In October 1998 the new European Working Time Directive was implemented. Its purpose was to prevent employers from expecting their employees to work excessively long hours. This meant that doctors were only allowed to work an average of 48 hours a week. As a result Registered Nurses had to take on tasks that were previously only performed by doctors taking them away from the patient’s bedside. In March
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The object of this essay is to discuss the role of the Assistant Practitioner. How it has emerged; how it fits into the structure and skill mix of the NHS workforce and the effect it has had on that structure. It will also outline the principles of accountability and statutory regulations that govern the day to day practice of the role.
In October 1998 the new European Working Time Directive was implemented. Its purpose was to prevent employers from expecting their employees to work excessively long hours. This meant that doctors were only allowed to work an average of 48 hours a week. As a result Registered Nurses had to take on tasks that were previously only performed by doctors taking them away from the patient’s bedside. In March 2000 the government launched a new paper. The NHS Plan. Its purpose was to modernise and reform the NHS and its practices and for it to be more patient centred. This put even more pressure on Registered Nurses to take on ever increasing number the doctors roles therefore removing them yet further away from the bedside. Lord, M. NT (2002) describes the effect that Project 2000 was to have on the education of nurses. The project changed nurse training from an “In house” style of teaching to University based education. This led to the abolishment of the State Enrolled Nurse (SEN) leaving a large skill gap in the workforce. The Royal College of Nursing’s General Secretary, Dr. Peter Carter stated RCN (2007) that 180 000 Registered Nurses (RN’s)
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