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Essex nurses win innovation award

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A nurse-led service for patients with COPD has been awarded the British Thoracic Society’s silver jubilee award.

The non-invasive ventilation service at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust won the innovation in the secondary respiratory care category at an award ceremony last month.

Led by respiratory nurse specialist Sarah Lincoln, the team offers a 24 hour specialist NIV service for patients with type II respiratory failure. While the service is not unique to Basildon and Thurrock, Ms Lincoln said the fact it set up and run without any additional funding was a real achievement.

Ms Lincoln said: ‘We are proud that we achieved this with no extra resources; it shows that patient care can be dramatically improved with imagination and creativity and doesn’t always require additional funding.

‘This is why it is believed that nurses were best placed to develop, and provide such a service and will ensure it continues to go from strength to strength,’ she added.

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