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New awards celebrate general practice nursing in Manchester

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Michelle Corcoran, from the Longford Street Medical Centre in Heywood, has been named as Greater Manchester’s inaugural “practice nurse of the year”.

Ms Corcoran was also named “star of the year” at the very first NHS awards to celebrate the achievements of nurses in general practice.

“General practice nurses play a vital role in Greater Manchester’s health service”

Tina Long

Regarding Ms Corcoran, the awards judging panel said: “You cannot help but be impressed by the number of positive comments received from patients. It is clear she goes the extra mile for her patients.

“Michelle appears to have the ability to make every patient feel special and that she plans their care accordingly,” it said. “Michelle epitomises the ‘6Cs’ and there is real evidence patients and their families see her as being a credible and authentic practitioner. Michelle truly demonstrates the ‘essence’ of nursing.”

A prestigious event, held on 15th February, honoured individuals and teams from across Greater Manchester that have “worked to ensure the very best care for patients”.

It was set up by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, which comprises the local authority and NHS organisations in Greater Manchester.

The partnership said it wanted to celebrate and raise the profile of practice nurses as a “vital” primary care role and promoting it as a “first destination NHS career”.

It noted that devolution had seen practice nurses leading on the development of so-called “social prescribing”. For example, it allowed patients to be referred to a range of locally based, non-clinical sources of support such as walking groups or befriending activities.

“These awards are another exciting first for Greater Manchester2

Andy Burnham

The partnership cited Stockport’s Alvanley Practice, in particular, as having spearheaded such work and winning practice nursing team of the year as a result.

It said Greater Manchester practice nurses were also among the first to trial new group consultations for long term conditions, allowing more time to discuss concerns and offer support.

Meanwhile, the award for transforming services highlighted the efforts of individuals and teams to bring about significant change to primary care in every single area of Greater Manchester.

The awards followed a call for nominations in the autumn with peers, public, and patients all invited to highlight practice nurses who had gone above and beyond.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

New awards celebrate general practice nursing in Manchester

Practice Nurse of the Year 2018 Michelle Corcoran, with Andy Burnham and Phil Hammond

Those behind the initiative said it was designed to help support the aims of the national action plan for general practice nursing – General Practice: Developing Confidence, Capability, and Capacity.

Tina Long, chief nurse for the partnership, said: “General practice nurses play a vital role in Greater Manchester’s health service.

“They are the first point of contact for many patients and undertake 70% of care for those with long term conditions,” she said. “However, all too often they are the unsung heroes of primary care and we wanted to change that.” 

Margaret Kitching, NHS England’s chief nurse for the North, added: “Celebrating the important role of the practice nurse is an essential part of our national plans to boost primary care.”

Meanwhile, Anita Rolfe, executive nurse at Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group and chair of the Greater Manchester Practice Nurse Forum, said practice nurses in Greater Manchester were working to “transform primary care”, following the devolution of health and social care in the region.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester and former Labour health secretary, said: “These awards are another exciting first for Greater Manchester.

“At the event I heard some really inspiring stories of how practice nurses are working tirelessly to deliver the best patient care, whilst breaking down the traditional boundaries between health and social care and leading on new, innovative ways of doing things,” he said.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

New awards celebrate general practice nursing in Manchester

Winners of the Transforming Services Awards 2018

Award winners and categories in full:

Practice Nurse of the Year

  • Winner: Michelle Corcoran, Longford Street Medical Centre, Heywood

Health Care Practitioner of the Year

  • Winner: Donna Connolly, Bolton General Practice

Innovative Training Practice of the Year

The judges were looking for nominations for training practices that provide an excellent setting for trainee practice nurses

  • Winner: Salford Health Matters (a community interest company that runs three practices in Eccles, Little Hulton, and Salford)

People’s Choice

Nominations were specifically invited from patients/ carers or patient/carer groups who had been impressed with the care they received

  • Winner: Karen Robinson, Bolton Community Practice, Bolton

Rising Star

This award recognises and rewards the contribution from nurses with less than two years experience in primary care

  • Winner: Kirsty Clouston, Family Medical Practice, Stockport

Practice Nursing Team of the Year

  • Winner: Alvanley Medical Practice, Stockport

Inspirational Leader of the Year

This award is for practice nursing leaders who have developed initiatives to improve their practice, practice team, or celebrate and raise the profile of primary care nursing

  • Winner: Karen Robinson, Bolton Community Practice, Bolton

Practice Nurse Innovator of the Year

  • Winner: Katherine Parker, Alvanley Medical Practice, Stockport

Transforming Services Awards

This award focuses on identifying the key agents for change in primary care from across the nursing community. Every clinical commissioning group in Greater Manchester was asked to nominate one primary care nurse or a primary care nursing team from a GP practice that can demonstrate service transformation

  • Winners:
  • Jacinta Yates, Great Lever One, Bolton
  • Garden City Surgery, Bury
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Practice Nurses Forum
  • Roz Hughes, Ancoats Urban Village Medical Practice, Manchester
  • Focused Care Nursing Team at Hope Citadel, Oldham
  • Salford Health Matters
  • Stockport General Practice Nursing Forum
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Quality Improvement Group, Tameside and Glossop
  • Debbie Brayzier, West Timperley Medical Centre, Trafford
  • Practice Nurse Champion Group, Wigan

Star of the Show

  • Winner: Michelle Corcoran, Longford Street Medical Centre, Heywood

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

New awards celebrate general practice nursing in Manchester

Health Care Practitioner of the Year 2018 Donna Connolly

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