Dame Kathleen Raven (left) and Sir Terence English, are joined by Lynne Holt, the first nurse at Papworth hospital to take on the extended role of clinical assistant Picture credit: John Behets Sir Terence English said the report, The Future of the Healthcare Workforce , which said nurses should be replaced by generic workers, was ‘thinking tire unthinkable’. ‘I think we have an obligation to our patients, let alone to our own professional standards, to reject such nonsense in the firmest possible way,’ he said. Sir Terence, delivering the Dame Kathleen Raven lecture last week, also said nurses and doctors should call on the chief medical and nursing officers to protect them from the pressures of local pay bargaining. The relationship between doctors and nurses was the theme of Sir Terence’s lecture, which included examples of the extended role of the nurse, particularly at Papworth where he was a consultant. 'Hie hospital employs nurses as ‘clinical assistants’ who fulfil many of the roles of senior house officers. He also described the emergence of a new role for nurses as critical care practitioners who make all decisions about routine management of intensive care patients. Sir Terence criticised his anaesthetic colleagues, however, for taking ‘a Luddite attitude towards the introduction of nurse anaesthetists’, which he saw as a positive development.
Nursing Standard – Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Published: Jun 19, 1996
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