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Expand non-medical roles to give doctors training time, royal college says

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 14 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3327
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. BMJ Careers

Non-medical staff in England should be given fully developed roles in extended surgical teams to let junior doctors have more time for training, the Royal College of Surgeons has said.

More patients could be treated by the growing numbers of non-medical practitioners, such as advanced nurse practitioners, physician associates, and surgical first assistants, the college said.

This could enhance patient care, surgical training, and consultant teams—but the roles of non-medical practitioners must be properly developed, “better aligned with the surgical profession,” and made part of the NHS’s workforce planning, it argued. The college said that its report on the issue “challenged the status quo that doctors in training should be the default providers of frontline medical …

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