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Clinical Commissioning Group nurse bags Practice Nurse Award 2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) nurse Danielle Harding has won the Practice Nurse Award 2019 at this year’s annual East Anglia Faculty Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) awards. This award celebrates outstanding contributions to primary care service provision or development by a practice nurse.

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Danielle was appointed to her role as a General Practice lead nurse after Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG saw an opportunity to develop and invest in the strategic development of practice nursing in the local area.

Danielle worked with local Higher Education institutions as well as partners in the community to set up insight placements for students in general practice. Her work has led to an astonishing rise in placements of a single placement the previous year to 31 over the last year. Danielle has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from her placements, with one student commenting that a primary care placement such as this one should be given to all students in this field.

The placements the CCG has been able to facilitate under Danielle’s lead have a strong “work ready” focus, which supports students with an interest in general practice to secure a job offer once they are qualified.

In addition to this brilliant new student placement initiative, Danielle has secured funding for a number of project bids and has worked on strengthening existing relationships with key stakeholders in the region. Working in collaboration with partners, she has improved relationships between primary and secondary care providers and she has raised the profile of General Practice nurses across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

The CCG’s Accountable Officer Jan Thomas commented:

“This award represents brilliant and well-deserved recognition for Danielle and her excellent work as a General Practice nurse. We are proud that we were able to appoint a General Practice lead nurse to develop some key new initiatives and strengthen relationships between General Practice nurses and other clinicians across the local area.

“You do not need to look any further than the feedback of Danielle’s placement students to understand how valuable her work has been, not only for existing nurses in General Practice but also for the next generation. We’d like to congratulate Danielle on this fantastic achievement.”

30/09/2019