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Wirral practice nurse celebrates award

Philomena Potts, a nurse practitioner and practice partner, has been named Practice Nurse of the Year at a regional awards ceremony in Merseyside.

She was made a partner at Miriam Medical Centre in 2008 in recognition of her contribution to the practice, in part for helping introduce a range of innovative measures to improve nursing.

She has also worked alongside GPs to manage the practice’s contract to manage a 50-bed intermediate care step-down facility to enable early hospital discharges.

Ms Potts currently manages a team of 10 nurses and four healthcare assistants, with an additional 12 nurses supporting individual initiatives.

She said: “I’m extremely proud to have won this award. I believe in making a difference to people’s lives and love to be able to do that through my job.”

Dr Abhi Mantgani, clinical chief officer for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, founded the Miriam Medical Centre in 1987.

He said: “I’m particularly pleased for Philomena. She is an outstanding nurse who provides high quality care in a challenging primary care setting. She is innovative and has made a phenomenal contribution in the development of Miriam Primary Care Group.

“She has demonstrated that there are no glass ceilings for development of nurses in primary care and truly deserves this award.”

The award was presented by the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Mersey Faculty at a ceremony on 16 October.

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