Nursing in Practice caught up with Lesley Royle-Pryor, a practice nurse who recently began a part-time role supporting and empowering nurses to lead change in her local area, working with Bury clinical commissioning group (CCG). Bursting with ideas, Lesley will be developing opportunities to help shape improvements in care.
She also sits on the CCGs clinical cabinet helping to ensure nurses are represented and nursing issues are considered in the decision-making process.
Lalah-Simone Springer: So Lesley, what inspired you to apply for the role of Practice Nurse Facilitator?
Lesley Royle-Pryor: I’ve been a practice nurse for a number of years, but I’ve also worked as a community nurse, a community matron, a school nurse and… A few different things! During that time I’ve worked with some really inspiring nursing leaders. Working with nurses like that makes you realise that you’ve got ideas, and you want to get them moving.
Well, I’m hoping that my role will inspire other nurses to make changes as well, in Bury. Maybe they will be motivated by me, to make changes themselves – not only in their day-to-day practice, but also to develop things themselves which could benefit Bury.
LS: Why is it important for nurses to get involved with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)?
LR: It’s a really exciting time for practice nurses and I think that their voices can be heard now. People know what hard work we practice nurses do. We were quiet before, but I think it’s our time to shine now.
LS: And that’s because of clinical commissioning, do you think?
LR: Definitely! It will give practice nurses a voice! It was one of the reasons I decided to start the monthly nurse forum. I’ve worked in some practices where I’ve been the only practice nurse there – it’s very hard to update yourself either through time constraints or just not being allowed to go.
I think the more educational events that go on that practice nurses can be involved in, the better - it promotes good care.
I’ve got a few things lined up, but I’m asking the nurses themselves to come up with some suggestions of updates that they might want, and speakers that they want to come.
We’re holding it in venues all around the borough and we’re going to have some core training events as well. The nurses will have to plan 12 months in advance, so they know what’s coming up and then can plan it into their work schedule. It’s so busy in general practice, sometimes you don’t even have the chance to lift your head up! So it’s very important to be able to know what’s coming up in advance.
LS: Aside from the practice nurse forum, what other things do you have planned for the nurses of Bury?
LR: Well… It was a spark of an idea I had when I first got the post - an online practice nurse forum, purely for the nurses in Bury! It’s by invitation only and it’s up and running now. It’s a place where you can post queries, questions and send and receive answers from your peer group. We’re going to have a link with the local immunisation team that can put a blog on it, and all the latest information will be accessible all the time.
We can also put CCG news on the website as well, so there’s going to be all the latest information. These nurses now haven’t got to wait for a piece of paper to come to them, it will be in their inbox – so it’s up to them if they access it.
I’m really excited about it because I think it’s a fantastic way to share ideas, to share best practice, to give access to relevant training.
I’ve had feedback already and the nurses that are IT-savvy are really excited about it, and some of them that probably wouldn’t have delved into the IT world have actually contacted the administrator to ask for help with getting on to the website. I think it’s brilliant – we’re inspiring a few people to try something new!
Fingers crossed it’s going to be good!
A journalist with experience in radio, TV and web reporting, Lalah-Simone will be combining her skills to create a vibrant, more interactive Nursing in Practice website.
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