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Nursing Care Market Report

  • ID: 3766
  • January 1999
  • Region: United Kingdom
  • Key Note Ltd
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Nurses constitute the largest part of the workforce involved in public and private healthcare in the UK, and they are responsible for an estimated 80% of patient care. Traditionally, nursing was perceived as a low-paid vocation responsible for much of the practical needs of caring for sick patients under the guidance of the medical profession. However, in modern times the role of the nurse has changed considerably.

Nurses are not a homogeneous group. As with the medical profession, there are several specialisms requiring further training and qualifications, such as midwifery, district nursing and health visiting, and branches of nursing include child health, intensive care, learning disability and mental health. As medical treatments increase in scope and complexity, so does the role of nursing within them. Nurses are playing an increasingly integral part in government initiatives to improve healthcare delivery, and as a result their role is expanding into new areas of expertise, such as prescribing and running primary care practices.

By far the largest employer of nurses in the UK is the National Health Service (NHS). In 1998, nursing staff, midwives and health visitors READ MORE >

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