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South London CCG appoints practice nurse consultant to drive innovation

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A clinical commissioning group in south London has appointed its first nurse consultant in practice nursing to help drive improvement and innovation in local services.

Former general practice nurse advisor Debbie Brown will begin in the role at NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group this month.

Ms Brown will lead a team that works with all 40 general practices covered by the CCG.

She will support them to deliver integration of health and social care services, alongside provision of training, education, revalidation and supervision of practice nurses. 

“This is a great opportunity to raise the standards in practice nurse services and offer consistency to patients”

Debbie Brown

She will also continue to spend half her time working in practice at Lee Health Centre in Lewisham.

The role was created after gaps in local nursing services were identified following an audit by the CCG.

This led to a number of recommendations around workforce planning, development of peer support, common clinical protocols and competencies.  

Ms Brown said: “I’ve been working in Lewisham for many years as a practice nurse so I am well aware of the issues and barriers. 

“This is a great opportunity to raise the standards in practice nurse services and offer consistency to patients wherever they live in Lewisham. ” 

The new post will report to the CCG’s director of nursing and quality, Alison Browne, who said: “We are very excited about the new nurse consultant role. Following the audit, we identified many gaps for improvement and innovations and believe that this role will make a big difference in Lewisham.”

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