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New network launched for nurses working in general practice

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A network designed to “promote and strengthen” the role of nurses working in primary care settings has been launched today.

It will enable nurses to connect with each other and other colleagues in primary and community settings, patients and carers, according to the NHS Alliance, which has created the network.

“We observed an overwhelming yearning for an active general practice nurse network in England to bring us all together”

Heather Henry

The General Practice Nurse network is the initiative of two nurses already working for the primary care organisation.

These are NHS Alliance co-vice chair Heather Henry, a Queen’s Nurse and former practice nurse, and Louise Brady, the alliance’s newly-appointed practice nurse special adviser.

It is intended that the network will meet in person as well as “virtually” via the internet.

The NHS Alliance said it was intending for the network to work with other nursing organisations including the Royal College of Nursing and the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Ms Henry said: “From ongoing Twitter discussions and recent meetings we observed an overwhelming yearning for an active general practice nurse network in England to bring us all together.

“It will showcase the very best of practice nursing and bring the importance of what we do to the fore,” she said. “But, most importantly, we want to build personal relationships and ensure that all GPNs have the support they need to enjoy their work.”

She added that the launch of the network formed part of the alliance’s ongoing work in supporting the development of new models of care – as outlined last autumn in NHS England’s five-year plan, the Five-Year Forward View.

Ms Brady, a practice nurse at Donneybrook Medical Centre in Hyde, is also the nurse-lead for clinical and strategic development for three clinical commissioning groups in Manchester. She said “now” was the right time for the new network.

“We must work to keep a high profile on practice nursing given the Five-Year Forward View, and to influence how the recommendations of the Lord Willis’ report on pre-registration education are taken forward, to discuss how revalidation will affect us – and much more,” she said.

The NHS Alliance is an organisation run by clinicians – primarily GPs – that exists to promote innovation and integration in care provided outside hospital.

  • Those interested in joining the nurse-led network should email
  • The alliance is also asking practice nurses to complete a survey on what they want from the network in order to help “shape” its development


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