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CCG acts to support practice nurses in north west

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A new nursing role has been created by a clinical commissioning group in Greater Manchester to focus on practice nurse training, education and professional development.

Bury Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed a practice nurse facilitator and is also setting up a monthly practice nurse forum, which will bring together all practice nurses in Bury.

Lesley Royle-Pryor, who works as a nurse practitioner in Bolton, has been appointed to the facilitator role on a part-time basis.

Dr Kiran Patel, chair and clinical lead at Bury CCG, said: “Working as a practice nurse can be quiet isolating, in terms of not always having the chance of working closely with their peers.

“We would like to welcome Lesley to the CCG, and have confidence that through her new role practice nurses will feel more supported, more a part of the CCG and able to contribute to our work,” he added.

Ms Royle-Pryor said practice nurses were vital for providing high quality compassionate care and improving the patient experience in primary care settings.

“Through this new role I hope to raise the profile of practice nurses, ensure they have the opportunity to be involved in service improvements, oversee their learning and development opportunities and give them the prospect to come together to share experiences and good practice,” she said.

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