Nurses across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be at the centre of a visit by Karen Storey, Primary Care Nursing Lead at NHS England, ahead of International Nurses Day.
International Nurses Day has been held annually on 12th May for the past 40 years, a date selected to coincide with the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, a symbol of pioneering nursing.
During her two day visit to the area, Ms Storey will meet with senior staff from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG (BNSSG CCG) tomorrow (Thursday) about a pilot project to help with future primary care nurse staffing levels.
On Friday, Ms Storey will be the keynote speaker at a conference being held at Bristol Golf Club for nurses working in primary and community care. Her speech will concentrate on the development of out of hospital nursing in the long term.
Karen Storey, Primary Care Nursing Lead at NHS England, said:
I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to speak at this important event to raise awareness about the importance of primary and community nursing. I would particularly like to take this opportunity to thank all primary and community care nurses who work so hard to care for patients across local communities. Their hard work, dedication and leadership is vitally important in ensuring we continue to care for patients, including those we care for closer to home.
The conference, which has been organised by the Community Education Provider Network (CEPN), will also feature seminars and workshops covering various aspects of nursing in GP practices and in the community.
There are currently around 430 registered nurses working in GP practices across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
“We are delighted that Karen has come to help us celebrate International Nurses Day, which is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the fantastic work of nurses, not just here but across the globe.” said Anne Morris, Director of Quality and Nursing at BNSSG CCG.
“Our special thanks of course go out to all of the BNSSG nursing staff for the hard work and commitment they show to our patients throughout the year. We couldn’t be prouder of the amazing care that they provide and we would like to wish them a very happy International Nurses Day.”