Advertisements for 141 nurse consultant posts with salaries up to 42,000 pounds will appear shortly. The newly-created top grade posts will allow nurses to stay on the wards and in the community looking after patients. The new posts will create a significant new career opportunity and help to retain the most experienced and expert nurses, midwives and health visitors in the NHS. The move will also help to break down barriers between clinical professionals.The consultants will spend a minimum of 50 per cent of their time working directly with patients, ensuring that people using the NHS continue to benefit from the best nursing and midwifery skills. In addition, they will be responsible for developing professional practice, being involved in research and evaluation and contributing to education, training and development.
Consultants will work in mental health, midwifery, cancer care, dermatology, elderly care, critical care, children’s services and diabetes. They will also work in outpatients’ clinics and walk-in centres.
Over 300 bids for the creation of consultant posts were made by hospitals around the country. Unsuccessful bidders have been told to refine their proposals and resubmit them later.