Nurse Practitioner Wins Praise for Diabetes Training

A nurse practitioner was a finalist in the Practice Nurse Champion category and shortlisted for the Primary Care Transforming Services Award in the Greater Manchester Practice Nurse Awards.

Debbie Brayzier, who works at West Timperley Medical Practice, received the accolade for her work for her work in diabetic nursing. In 2016 she was asked to become one of two course leaders for the distance delivery of the Warwick University’s Certificate in Diabetes Care, held at Warwick Medical School (WMS). On attending an Advanced Leaders Programme at the university she learned how to deliver the course to 20 nurses and 2 GPs from Trafford. Debbie has now become an Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow.

Debbie said: “We invited a variety of excellent speakers from the Trafford area who all gave their time freely. We hope that it has ultimately enhanced diabetes care in Primary Care. The feedback from the students regarding the course content and information gained was excellent.

“It was a real honour to be shortlisted in any categories and to be a finalist in the Practice Nurse Champion. Thank you to everyone who has supported me.”

Dr Liz Clarke, Clinical Education and Mental Health Lead for NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a thoroughly deserved recognition for Debbie. We are very pleased and very fortunate to have clinicians that are willing to develop their skillset and share that knowledge with their colleagues for the benefit of our patients in Trafford.”

The event, the first of its kind in Greater Manchester, was designed by the Greater Manchester Practice Nurse Forum as a platform to celebrate the achievements and good practice of General Practice Nursing from each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and to support the expectations of the national GPN 10 point plan. Any Greater Manchester nurse working as part of a GP practice team was eligible to enter.

Jon Rouse Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership opened the event with a conference on nursing in primary care, followed by a dinner and the award ceremony.

The event was supported by all Greater Manchester CCGs and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Tina Long, Chief Nurse for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “General practice nurses play a vital role in Greater Manchester’s health service.  They are the first point of contact for many patients and undertake 70 per cent of care for those with long term conditions.  However, all too often they are the unsung heroes of primary care and we wanted to change that.”

Diabetes Award

Picture: L to R: Sale GP and diabetes hospital practitioner Dr Clive Marchi, Debbie Brayzier and Dr Liz Clarke, Clinical Education and Mental Health Lead for NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group, at the Greater Manchester Practice Nurse Awards