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London-based CCG appoints 'first of its kind' nursing role

Borough of Lewisham creates new post in response to audit of nursing services

London's first nurse consultant in practice nursing has been appointed to integrate health and social care services and help train, educate and supervise nurses.

Debbie Brown, a former general nurse practice nurse adviser, has taken up the role created by Lewisham clinical commissioning group (CCG) designed to support practices across the borough.

‘This is a great opportunity to raise the standards in practice nurse services and offer consistency to patients wherever they live in Lewisham,' she said.  'I’m looking forward to working with the new team and the CCG to reach better outcomes for patients in Lewisham.’

A team of local nurse advisers who work in practice will support Ms Brown.

The post was introduced after an audit of nursing by the CCG earlier this year. 

Alison Browne, director of nursing and quality at the CCG, said: ‘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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