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Nurse led pilot schemes succeed despite obstacles

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1142
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

    Nurse led pilot schemes have achieved a great deal despite hostility from doctors and many bureaucratic obstacles, a report from the King's Fund, an independent health care charity in London, has concluded.

    In 1998 nine nurse led sites were launched in England as part of the first wave of personal medical services pilots. The nine pilots were designed to maximise the use of nursing skills and to allow nurses to exercise leadership within the primary care team. Many of the pilots aimed to serve vulnerable populations often poorly served by general practice, such as refugees or homeless people.

    Five pilots were managed by community NHS trusts, two by existing GP …

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