§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the roles and responsibilities being adopted by nurse practitioners; and what guidance his Department has given on duties undertaken by nurse practitioners.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
The concept of a nurse practitioner performing an extended nursing role originated in the United States of America, but this form of specialisation is rare in the United Kingdom. No guidance has been issued by my Department.
The report of the community nursing review which is to be issued shortly will provide the opportunity for a full discussion on the best way of using nursing skills within the community.