How nursing support staff contribute to care

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Richard Griffin is director, Institute of Vocational Learning, London South Bank University; David Sines is executive dean and pro-vice chancellor, Faculty of Society and Health, Buckinghamshire New University.

Griffin R, Sines D (2012) How nursing support staff contribute to care. Nursing Times; 108: 11, 18-19.

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