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Nurses have welcomed plans for an accreditation scheme for GP practices to require them to offer continuing professional development (CPD) for all staff.
RCN primary care adviser Lynne Young said the college had met with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to discuss making practices provide CPD for their staff as part of their accreditation.
The RCGP is currently piloting a new system of practice accreditation to be introduced by 2011. The newly-formed Care Quality Commission (CQC) will use the accreditation to ensure the quality and safety of practices.
Lord Ara Darzi's review of the NHS called upon employers to pay for CPD, but nurses still have little power …