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Psychiatric Nurses

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he proposes to take to reduce the shortage of trained community psychiatric nurses in Scotland: and if he will establish a training course in Scotland for community psychiatric nurses.

The allocation of psychiatric nurses to community nursing duties is a matter for individual health boards, but I am not aware of any general shortage of trained psychiatric nurses willing to undertake such work. The Committee for Clinical Nursing Studies has published a syllabus for community psychiatric nursing and Glasgow college of technology hopes to begin a course based on that syllabus in the autumn.