Sue Blainey is programme leader for the Non-medical prescribing programme. Her professional background is nursing and she combines her current post within the Univeristy of Suffolk with a clinical role in primary care as a Nurse Practitioner fully utilising her own prescribing qualification.
In earlier posts she worked as a ward sister on acute medical ward in Norwich and a diabetes specialist nurse in London. Prior to to taking up a lecturing post at Suffolk College she worked several years for Suffolk Health Authority, in a clinical nurse advisor role with responsibility for developing services for people with diabetes across the interface of primary and secondary care. This role included a responsibility for developing diabetes education programmes for nurses in primary care, and, from this she began to develop broader programmes of primary care education. She returned to clinical care undertaking the Nurse practitioner route in 2001 but maintained a role in primary care education for the PCT before education provision was transferred to Suffolk College.