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A boost for Practice Nurses in Bury

Press Release   •   Aug 06, 2013 12:32 BST

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting Practice Nurses based in the borough through a new role which will focus on their training, education and professional development.

NHS Bury CCG has appointed a Practice Nurse facilitator to support and empower nurses to lead change and develop opportunities to help shape improvements in care. A monthly Practice Nurse Forum will also be set up, 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 role on a part-time basis. She brings with her over 30 years experience of working in the NHS, in Greater Manchester and her knowledge encompasses different specialities including; GP practice care, community services and hospital settings. Lesley also has special interests in long-term conditions, respiratory and dementia.

Her new role will support and empower nurses to lead change and develop opportunities to help shape improvements in care. A monthly Practice Nurse Forum will also be set up, which will bring together all Practice Nurses in Bury.

Dr Kiran Patel, Chair and Clinical Lead at NHS Bury CCG, said: “Practice Nurses play a vital role in the care provided by GP practices; however, working as a Practice Nurse can be quiet isolating, in terms of not always having the chance of working closely with their peers. Lesley brings with her in-depth knowledge and experience from this field, she understands the key role that Practice Nurses play, and this rich intelligence will help to ensure that Practice Nurses feel supported in their roles. This is good news for Practice Nurses and their patients.

“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.”

Nurse Practitioner Lesley Royle-Pryor added: “I am passionate about providing high quality compassionate care and improving the patient experience. Practice Nurses play a really key role in delivering this vision, and 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 giving them the prospect to come together to share experiences and good practice with a view to improving health and wellbeing in Bury.”

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Issued: 6 August 2013.