General Practice Nursing in Scotland: Making a Difference

Section: People and NetworksThe ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 11th December 2018

Tommy Whitelaw joined NHS Education for Scotland and Scottish Government Primary Care colleagues on a tour visiting General Practice Nurses.

With great thanks to Jennifer Wilson (Professional Nurse Advisor at the Scottish Government), Lynne Innes (NES National Coordinator for General Practice Nursing) and colleagues at NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government Primary Care Team for inviting Tommy to take part in the General Practice Nursing Roadshows over the last three months.

As a part of the Scottish Government’s investment in education, NHS Education for Scotland organised a tour across every board area in Scotland listening to and engaging with General Practice Nurses. This has become more of a focus for the Scottish Government which has published a report this week (this link will take you away from our website), which aims to to make General Practice Nursing a more sustainable and attractive career choice.

As a part of this tour, our UK Project Lead Tommy Whitelaw was invited to speak to General Practice Nurses about kindness and leadership.

We had the most wonderful experience working with all the team and meeting so many remarkable members of the nursing family across Scotland. We were inspired by all we met on the tour.

Great thanks also to colleagues of both Jennifer and Lynne who attended many of the sessions to support and share the local landscape. We would like to thank Jane Harris (Programme Director, NMAHP, NHS Education for Scotland), Vicki Waqa (Specialist Educator, Medical, NHS Education for Scotland), Cheryl Harvey (Principal Educator, NMAHP, NHS Education for Scotland) and Ann Rae (Principal Educator, NMAHP, NHS Education for Scotland) to name a few.

We are grateful for the opportunity to take part and were inspired by all we toured with and met along the way. We look forward to following the story of the pledge trees launched at each location and will report on the outcomes from the tour next year.

Thank you for the opportunity to tour with our remarkable nursing family.

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