​​​​Information for nurses and HCAs

Support available

Find out more about the support available to practice nurses and healthcare assistants in Lambeth.

Lead nurse team

The lead nurse team are current practitioners who work up to 6 hours each a week to provide leadership to the general practice nursing workforce in Lambeth. Our team approach is unique and while we have an overarching aim – to ensure that we offer a quality, safe nursing service to our patients – we all have our own areas of responsibility which ensures we are able to cover all aspects of the workforce.

We also try to ensure that Lambeth nurses are represented at CCG, Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham, south London, London-wide and national levels by attending a variety of meetings throughout the year.

Meet the team

Louise Ashwood

Louise Ashwood.JPGlouise.ashwood@nhs.net

Senior Practice Nurse, Paxton Green Group Practice, Clinical Supervisor. Lead areas:

  • Undergraduate nurse education and primary care placement facilitator
  • Revalidation Lead
  • Nurse training and Education
  • Cytology Lead
  • Lead nurse for South West Locality

Anne Macrae

Anne Macrae - nurse pages.jpgannemacrae@nhs.net
Senior Practice Nurse, Herne Hill Group Practice, Clinical Supervisor. Lead areas:

  • Mentorship
  • Facilitator for General Practice Nursing Programme with London Southbank University/Greenwich University
  • Nurse training and Education
  • Immunisation Lead
  • Lead nurse for South East locality

Paula Marsden

Paula Marsden.JPGpaulamarsden@nhs.net
Nurse Practitioner, Binfield Road Surgery, Clinical Supervisor. Lead areas:

  • Health care assistants training and education, Care Certificate implementation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Nurse training and education​​
  • Lead nurse for North Locality
Our role in the localities

The locality leads are responsible for visiting nurses and HCAs new to Lambeth to establish training and support needs.  For this reason, we ask all practices to keep us up to date with staff changes – departures and arrivals - so that we can maintain an up to date database. We are the first port of call for queries within our locality

paulamarsden@nhs.net              North Locality

annemacrae@nhs.net                 South East Locality

louise.ashwood@nhs.net            South West Locality

You can read more about the success of the lead nurse team model in the "Workforce development for practice nurses and HCAs" report which was published in October 2015.

Workforce development for practice nurses and HCAs October 2015.docx

An abstract from this report on the success of the lead nurse team has been published in academic journal Practice Nursing, volume 27 number 4.

Article - innovative nurse lead team.docx

In October 2016 the Lambeth CEPN held an event to consider the challenges faced by nurses in primary and secondary care in the borough. Read a summary of the meeting.

Lambeth CEPN Nurse stakeholder event summary.pdf

In April 2017 the team presented at the annual LMC conference "Under Pressure; stabilise, transform and sustain general practice for London".  We discussed our lead nurse model and how it helps recruit, train and retain the workforce.

In February 2017, the locality lead nurses were interviewed by Ben Gowland for the Ockham Healthcare podcast. They explain their roles, support for practice nurses in Lambeth and plans for development and recruitment. Listen to the interview here


We recently published a framework covering recommendations for pay, terms and conditions for new practice nurses in Lambeth. This came about as we were frequently asked by Practice managers and GPs about rates of pay for newly recruited nurses

GPN Pay and Conditions agreed final.docx

Get in touch 

If you have suggestions, comments, concerns or would like to be involved with any aspect of our work, please get in touch as above