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Best practice day highlights nursing achievements

16/05/2013

 

The achievements of local nursing staff have been celebrated at a special event in Scunthorpe.

Around 100 nurses, health care assistants, midwives and allied health professionals from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust attended the organisation’s inaugural Best Practice Day on Friday May 10 2013.

The aim of the event, which was held at Glanford Park, was to highlight the dedication and innovation of nursing staff across North, North East Lincolnshire and East Ridings. It was planned to coincide with International Nurses Day, Florence Nightingale’s birthday, which is held on May 12 every year.

Staff, from the Trust’s three hospitals and community services, were invited to submit abstracts for the event. More than 30 were received and showcased on the day, with some staff selected to give a presentation highlighting their achievements; others were invited to display a poster on the day.

Among the projects used as examples of good practice were the 15 step challenge; where patient representatives and non-clinical staff make unannounced visits to wards and record their first impressions, the nurse led aural care service; which provides rapid access to treatment for people with chronic ear pain, the innovative telehealth service which is being used by community matrons to monitor patients in their own homes. Other services showcased included school nursing clinics for bedwetting, acute oncology, cardiac rehab, clinical research and pharmacy.

Joanne Partington, sister on Ward 3 at Goole and District Hospital, was one of the attendees, she said:

“It was fantastic to see and listen to the innovative achievements of our colleagues. It was a very motivating day and one which made me proud to be a nurse.”

Key note speakers on the day were Jill Walker, team leader, immunisation and screening, Public Health England and Julie Storr, president of the infection prevention Society and consultant to the World Health Organisation. Both have had an extensive career within the NHS and have both worked for the Trust previously.

Julie, who started her career as a staff nurse at Goole and District Hospital, said:

“Nurses can and do make a difference every single day and that really came across in the sessions. It was great to come back and see some familiar faces and see that same energy and passion that was here when I worked here.”

Interactive workshops were held at the event including one on patient experience where a professional actress was brought in. She reflected on her end of life care in a hospital setting and delegates were asked to consider what went well and how her experience could have been improved. Other scenarios played out were a mock NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) hearing which highlighted nursing accountability and a clinical skills lab where the audience witnessed a scenario of a deteriorating patient being treated and were asked to review the actions and reactions of the staff involved.

Karen Dunderdale, chief nurse at the Trust, said:

“Today was about celebrating our staff and sharing the excellent work that is happening within the Trust and it has been a truly inspirational day. I would like those who attended to take away what they’ve learnt from their colleagues and implement these examples of best practice within their own areas. This will ensure we are continually improving the quality of care we give to our patients.”

Staffing levels on the wards were not affected by the event, with study leave entitlements being used and rosters planned well in advance to allow staff to attend. 

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