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How one social enterprise has transformed respiratory care

Melissa Canavan took the risky step of leaving her job to set up a new business
Melissa Canavan & Sarah Anderson

Leaving her job to set up a social enterprise has proven a great success for a practice nurse's personal work-life balance as well as her patients

Melissa Canavan and Sarah Anderson

Practice nurse Melissa Canavan was at a public health meeting discussing potential improvements to respiratory care in Leeds when a commissioner said to her: ‘I wish you were a company as we could give you some money to do these things.’

This comment started a journey that led to Ms Canavan and fellow practice nurse Sarah Anderson setting up a social enterprise to work with local GP practices on improving the quality of lung care in the Yorkshire city.

Ms Canavan now works with up to 12 practices in an inner city area seeing patients clinically, leading audits and providing training for nurses

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