RCN Wales calls for action in emergency care

The Welsh Assembly Government should accelerate the introduction of independent nurse prescribers, supplementary nurse prescribers and patient group directions within emergency care departments. Â This is one of the 12 recommendations made by RCN Wales in ‘Emergency Care – A Call for Action‘ that it says would transform Welsh emergency care services.

RCN Wales says that non-medical prescribing progress has been slow in Wales, and that recognition by the NHS of the contribution it can make to emergency care departments has been particularly slow in coming.

A lack of NHS leadership on important issues including taking advantage of new nursing roles, investment in community care, and unsafe staffing levels has led to low morale and a poor patient experience within emergency care in Wales, according to RCN Wales