Nursing roles have changed dramatically throughout the years and while it can sometimes seem daunting there is support available – you just need to engage.
South Cumbria Primary Care Collaborative (SCPCC) employed two Lead Nurses in August last year as Board members recognised that Nurse representation was needed within the Federation.
As South Cumbria is such a vast area we have two lead Nurses.
Our Lead Nurse from South Lakes is Caite Guest. She has been a Nurse for 30 years and is a Practice Nurse at Station House Surgery in Kendal. She is currently undertaking Advanced Clinical Practitioner training.
Our Lead Nurse from Furness is Louise Magee. She has been a Nurse for 23 years and is the Lead Practice Nurse at Abbey Road Surgery in Barrow.
Louise explained that one of the reasons she applied for the role of Lead Nurse was to try to encourage all of the Practice Nurses to work together more closely to enhance patient care.
She said: “There are a lot of experienced Practice Nurses out there and we need to be able to work together more closely and to share best practice with each other. I would like the Nurses within the federated practices to engage with myself and Caite. We can offer support with clinical supervision, revalidation, service development and assist with any nursing queries – we will always do our best to help.”
Caite said: “Communication is key. During my career as a Nurse I have seen nursing roles and responsibilities change drastically so it’s good to have organisations like the Federation to give a voice to Nurses, to represent them and to support them through the changes we are currently seeing.”
One of the areas Louise and Caite are keen to develop is Nurse training.
Since their appointment they have been doing a lot of background work and have been laying the foundations of a structured support system to include networking and training, but it is recognised that we need the Nurses in practices to engage with them.