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Challenges and opportunities associated with the introduction of assistant practitioners supporting the work of registered nurses in NHS acute hospital trusts in England

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Spilsbury, Karen, Adamson, Joy, Atkin, Karl, Bloor, Karen, Carr-Hill, Roy, McCaughan, Dorothy, McKenna, Hugh and Wakefield, Ann (2011) Challenges and opportunities associated with the introduction of assistant practitioners supporting the work of registered nurses in NHS acute hospital trusts in England. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH & POLICY, 16 (1). pp. 50-56. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1258/jhsrp.2011.010106

Abstract

Objectives: To understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the introduction of assistant practitioner (AP) roles supporting the work of ward-based registered nurses (RNs) in National Health Service (NHS) acute hospital trusts in England. Methods: Three case studies of NHS acute hospital trusts. This paper presents qualitative findings, drawing on documentary data sources and data generated through interviews and focus group discussions. Results: Introduction of APs into ward-based nursing teams has been variable, and often driven by external pressures rather than perceived organizational need. This, along with little national guidance, has created some confusion about the role, but at the same time has permitted flexible role development through `negotiated compromise' at local level. While there are various areas of potential improvement in policy and practice, APs are generally perceived to have the potential to make a valuable contribution to patient care. Conclusions: Findings from this study will help policy-makers, organizations and practitioners understand factors that enable and/or inhibit the integration of new assistant roles within existing occupational structures to develop innovative services and enhance patient care. These factors are important when considering how care will be delivered to maximize the skills of the entire nursing workforce. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy Vol 16 Suppl 1, 2011: 50-56 (C) The Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd 2011

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:19487
Deposited By:Yvonne Dunwoody (Admin)
Deposited On:11 Aug 2011 14:08
Last Modified:26 Sep 2012 14:38

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