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Primary care nurses network launched

Today NHS Alliance announced the launch of a new nurse-led network designed to promote and strengthen the role of nurses in primary care.

It will enable nurses working in primary care to connect with each other virtually and at meetings, and with wider primary and community colleagues, patients' carers and residents.

The network is the initiative of the co-vice chair of NHS Alliance, Heather Henry, a Queen's Nurse and former general practice nurse (GPN), and Louise Brady, the newly appointed GPN special adviser at NHS Alliance. Brady is a GPN at Donneybrook Medical Centre in Hyde and is also the GPN clinical and strategic development lead for the three NHS Manchester clinical commissioning groups.

Henry said: “From on-going Twitter discussions and recent meetings we observe an overwhelming yearning for an active GPN network in England to bring us all together.

“Launching this GPN network is an integral part of NHS Alliance's on-going work in supporting the new models of care, as outlined in the Five Year Forward View… Most importantly, we want to build personal relationships and ensure that all GPNs have the support they need to enjoy their work.”

The network is free to join, email with your name, role, employer, contact number and Twitter handle (if you have one).