Setting up a local network is an ideal way to share relevant theoretical and practical knowledge and information. It also allows you to network with peers, share successes and failures in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Being part of a network also helps to overcome the isolation of working in primary care.
Despite having worked as a nurse for many years I found working in general practice quite isolating; in one way I welcomed the autonomy but in another I lost some of my confidence in decision making. I think this was due to the limited opportunity for peer review and clinical reflection. Attending a nurse leaders' event helped me to regain that confidence in my abilities, but more than that it led me to seek out other nurses in my area who had been experiencing the same issue. Once we came together as a network and affiliated to PCRS, we were able to support each other and general practice felt a lot less lonely.
Ren Lawlor, London
PCRS offers tools and resources to help your network get established, we can promote your network and its events to PCRS members and we offer you support to develop your skills to lead the network with confidence providing exclusive events for network leaders.
Talk to someone today about setting up your own local network and affiliating to PCRS.