To conclude, nursing is well positioned to be at the ‘leading edge’ of seven day care services. However, there needs to be appropriate planning, modelling, organisation and resources to be able to provide sufficient nursing staff where they are needed to support extended services. Nurses have a successful track record of taking on increased responsibility in the management of longterm conditions, such as asthma, hypertension, heart failure and diabetes. Many nurses can both prescribe and refer. These skills are available in roles that are highly valued by patients who feel nurses offer them time, as well as expert and personal care. It is critical that health care leaders
invest in and use this huge talent pool when extending seven day care across England.