LSBU expert argues for investment in specialist nurses
02 March 2015
The NHS must consider investment in
nurses with specialist training in advanced practice to ultimately reduce costs
and increase efficiency, according to an expert in healthcare at London South
Bank University (LSBU).
Interviewed in a dedicated supplement for the Health
Service Journal (HSJ), Alison Leary – professor of healthcare modelling at LSBU
who has researched the work done by specialist nurses in advanced practice –
argues that misconceptions have arisen around the use of the expert group that
are hampering their perceived value and impact.
nurses in Advanced Nurse Practice are trained to post-graduate level with advanced
clinical education, knowledge, skills, and scope of practice in nursing. The specialists provide expert management of specific conditions,
co morbidities and treatment pathways, often as part of a multidisciplinary
team with a focus on improving patient care and developing services.
Leary said: "There is a perception that these nurses are expensive, but
actually they are a very good return on investment and there are a lot of
studies that show that.
with colleagues, I have looked at the work of 12,000 specialist nurses in
advanced practice, around 50million hours of work, and they are a cost
effective, high-quality option in terms of delivering care.
just small investments in education and administrative support, we could grow
and develop this workforce. It is a solution, not a cost and problem."
HSJ supplement Time for some advanced
thinking?: The benefits of specialist nurses was published on 27 February
and pulls together the opinions of patients, researchers, academics healthcare
managers and those working in charities and
patient support groups – as well as nurses themselves – to discuss the
differences specialist nurses make.
Leary added: "The changes to the health service in the last ten years mean that
these people are pivotal to running services in long term conditions and
managing very complex caseloads."