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Twenty years of supporting nurses

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The largest and longest running practice nursing group in England celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

The South East Essex Practice Nurse Group (SEEPiNG) was invited to a civic reception with Southend Mayor Councillor Andrew Moring, at the official Civic House and Mayor’s Parlour to mark the occasion.

SEEPiNG provides a vital source of on-going education and support to practice nurses, associated primary care nurses and healthcare assistants, with a membership of approximately 70 nurses. The committee is formed of six practice nurse volunteers who manage and run the group with meetings at each other’s houses, usually every six weeks. Most of the committee members still work in practice so meetings usually take place in the evenings.

SEEPiNG is based in Southend, Essex and was formed in 1995. The group was created by Maggie Luck, primary care facilitator and educator from Southend Health Authority, who realised there was an increasing need for highly trained practice nurses to meet the needs of the expanding role to an accredited standard. Ms Luck secured funding from the Southend’s former primary care trust to form SEEPiNG.

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