NHS Tayside has developed and are currently implementing an Assistant Practitioner role in neonatal services. Under the supervision of Registered Nurses and midwives, this new NHS Career Framework for Health Level 4 support worker role will provide care for specific groups of special care babies enabling Registered Nurses and Midwives to focus on babies with more complex care needs as well as releasing time to undertake other elements of their roles.
“It is anticipated that implementing the role of Assistant Practitioner will effectively free up the senior nurses to take forward initiatives that make a difference and allows them an overview so that they can monitor the quality of patient care.”
Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group Chairperson and Senior Nurse Neonatal Services of NHS Tayside
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