Marina Lupari, the professional lead for primary and community care, has announced that she will leave her position at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) at the end of October.
Ms Lupari took up the post in September 2014 and has been an integral part of the steering group to develop the upcoming general practice framework from Health Education England. She has worked to improve the competencies for practice nurses in collboration with the practice nursing group at the Royal College of General Practitioners and is working to improve technology for primary care nurses. She has also been active in some of the forums at the RCN such as the practice nurse forum and the district nurse forum.
'It has been the most fantastic dream to be seconded to London and to be given the opportunity to work with the RCN was a dream come true. I hope that with the help of my team I have brought the voice of primary care nursing back to the forefront again. This was one of my objectives and I hope I have done that,' she said.
Currently no one has been lined up to take over the position once Ms Lupari leaves at the end of the October. Ms Lupari said that the job description may get a 'revamp' as Janet Davies, the chief executive of the RCN, and Dame Donna Kinnear, the deputy director of the RCN, are reshuffling positions at the College.
'I would enourage anyone to apply, it is a worthy job for nurses. I've had the opportunity to work with nursing leaders from all four countries to drive forward change for nurses. The RCN is the voice of nursing and this position is a great opportunity for any nurse or nurse leader,' she said.
Ms Lupari will return to Northern Ireland to take up a position working in innovation across the health system. Independent Nurse carried out one of Ms Lupari's first interviews in the role, which can be read here.