Primary care sector

Within the structure of the RCN in Wales, the Primary Care Adviser is one member of a team within the RCN, working to promote excellence in practice and shape health policies.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role are to provide expert advice to members, staff and the Welsh Board. The role includes working collaboratively with primary care advisers across the UK, Welsh Assembly Government and other RCN Wales staff and members. As a member of the UK Primary Care Advisers Group, issues important to RCN members living and working in Wales are debated in a wider forum.

Primary care agenda in Wales

The primary care agenda in Wales is moving at such a fast pace at the moment and nurses are affected by the many policy documents relating to their field of practice. These include:

  • the structure and function of local health boards and NHS trusts
  • community nursing in Wales
  • community nursing education

To ensure that the RCN represents the views of its members, building networks within primary care is vital to the success of the role of adviser; however this interaction needs to be a two way process. Steve Watson and Louise Lidbury, RCN Wales primary care and independent sector advisers can be contacted via telephone or email on any issues relating to the primary health care sector. Contact: louise.lidbury@rcn.org.uk or stephen.watson@rcn.org.uk