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Working as a clinician in primary care is a challenging and demanding role and primary care nurses often comment on feelings of professional isolation. Keeping specialist knowledge up-to-date, when juggling many other aspects of life, can be difficult.

While attending educational meetings arranged by pharmaceutical companies can be a way to overcome this, often they do not reflect the special dilemmas encountered in the primary care environment.

This article reveals how, in 2009, a group of primary care nurses in Suffolk with a specialist interest in respiratory disease, felt the need to address feelings of isolation and decided to create a support and educational network for local nurses. They therefore decided to set up a local nurse respiratory group, to be known as Suffolk Respiratory Group.

Suffolk Respiratory Group

The nurses identified with the many complexities faced on a day-to-day basis in looking after patients and of ensuring that their practice was kept clinically updated.

As members of the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK), the group had recently attended a National Local Nurse Group meeting at the PCRS-UK annual conference, meeting other nurses who ran local nurse groups.

This meeting gave them the confidence, inspiration and impetus needed to take the concept of a local nurse group forward.

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