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GLASGOW TO SHOWCASE ADVANCES IN NURSING PRACTICE

March 29, 2004 4:34 PM

A top nursing delegation from Japan is set to visit Glasgow on a fact finding trip to learn about the city's advances in nursing practice.

The delegation of six will be spending Tuesday 30 March, at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, for a series of interactive workshops and presentations – where we will share some of the exciting developments that Glasgow has been undertaking.

Margaret Smith, North Glasgow Trust's Director of Nursing, said:

"We're delighted that our Japanese colleagues are interested in learning about our new ways of working.  We are also looking forward to learning about their practice and sharing examples of innovative work in Glasgow.

"We are at the forefront of developing and extending the role of nursing - changing the way services are delivered – and developing new approaches to patient care. I hope that our visitors will be able to take away many ideas from Scotland for the benefit of the Japanese people."

Only recently North Glasgow Trust in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University developed Scotland's first academically accredited course for nurses to undertake minor surgery and endoscopic procedures.

There are also Nurse practitioners now working in many different specialties across North Glasgow Hospitals including ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pain management, accident and emergency, burns, acute medicine and urology.

Nurse practitioners not only manage routine investigations and treatments but also act as a point of contact and support for patients and carers providing specialist information and advice to help them to cope with their condition.  They work within agreed pathways of care which ensure referral onto medical staff or to other members of the health care team.

Margaret Smith explained:

"By developing and encouraging the role of nurse practitioners we are unlocking the potential of our nursing staff and delivering a more integrated health care system. 

 "We are also responding to a need to develop innovative solutions to help manage some of the modern challenges facing the NHS such as waiting times, capacity planning and compliance with a raft of staff pay and training initiatives."

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For further information please contact Emma Gregory on 0141 201 3964.

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