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GLASGOW NURSES POISED TO PERFORM MINOR SURGERY

April 27, 2005 9:00 AM

Five Glasgow nurses are set to carry out minor surgery in an exciting new development for patient care in the city.

All five recently passed their Minor Surgical Practices module at Glasgow Caledonian University, the first academically accredited course of its kind in Scotland.

The nurses will perform minor surgical procedures at the Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit and in Dermatology at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Marty Wright, Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health at Glasgow Caledonian University said, "This year long project has involved training senior nurses to a level where they are competent to carry out minor surgical procedures, such as excision of skin lesions."

NHS Greater Glasgow is developing the role of nursing to help manage some of the modern challenges facing the NHS such as waiting times, capacity planning and changes to the way medical staff work.

Director of Nursing for North Glasgow Hospitals, Margaret Smith said: "Throughout Greater Glasgow, nurse practitioners are already working in many different specialties. This training in Minor Surgical Practices will not only unlock the potential of our nursing staff but patients will benefit through reduced waiting times."

"This is where we truly see the value of a quality-assured education process."

Mr John Scott, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, has been closely involved in teaching and assessing the students."All the nurses trained in the Minor Surgical Practice Module have excelled," he said."I have every confidence in their ability to provide a first class minor surgical procedures service."

The collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow and Caledonian University has proven so successful that it is now widening to train nurses from Ayrshire and Arran, Lanarkshire and Lothian.

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Notes to Editor:

·In collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, NHS Greater Glasgow has established a training programme for nurse practitioners in minor surgery.The degree level course is a combination of academic and practical assessment.Once the nurse practitioners pass they are further supported by both academic and consultant mentors.

·Before nurses are allowed on the nurse practitioners course they must have no less than five years experience in their chosen speciality.

 

For further media information contact Lorraine Dick on 0141 201 4429.

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