The UK nursing workforce has made a substantial contribution during the Covid-19 public health emergency and we now need to evaluate its current skills and knowledge and what it needs to cope with future potential outbreaks. This article discusses several approaches that warrant urgent consideration from the UK government, nurse leaders and policy makers to ensure long-term investment is made to support the profession and that nurses are well equipped to effectively respond to outbreaks, with a particular focus on meeting the needs of vulnerable groups and advocating on their behalf to reduce inequity in access to healthcare, health protection and cultural sensitivity.


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Purba, A. 2020, 'How should the role of the nurse change in response to Covid-19?', Nursing Times, 116(6), pp. 25-28. https://www.nursingtimes.net/clinical-archive/public-health-clinical-archive/how-should-the-role-of-the-nurse-change-in-response-to-covid-19-26-05-2020/

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