Lewisham CCG Appoints London's First Nurse Consultant in Practice Nursing
NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to announce the appointment of its first Nurse Consultant in practice nursing. The first role of its kind in London, will provide strategic and integrated nursing leadership across practice nursing services in Lewisham.
Debbie Brown, a former general practice nurse advisor, has been appointed into the role. She starts in September and will report into Alison Browne, the director of nursing and quality at NHS Lewisham CCG
The Nurse Consultant will support GP practices across the borough to deliver integration of health and social care services alongside training, education, revalidation and supervision of practice nurses. The introduction of the role will also enable the CCG to better fulfil its responsibility to commission and manage high quality, safe and efficient nursing workforce in primary care.
The creation of a Nurse Consultant post follows a detailed audit of nursing in Lewisham undertaken by the NHS Lewisham CCG earlier in the year and full support of the LMC. The audit contained a number of recommendations such as workforce planning, development of peer support, common clinical protocols and competencies. Through a new working model, the Nurse Consultant will be central to providing patients with fast and convenient services, with half of its capacity working directly with patients in a practice. In addition, it will be responsible for developing personal practice, research and education, training and development of nurses. It will be supported with a team of local nurse advisors who work in practices with special interest portfolios.
Alison Browne, Director of Nursing and Quality at NHS Lewisham CCG 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."