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Community infection control nurse named Welsh ‘nurse of year’

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A community infection prevention nurse has been named Wales Nurse of the Year at an annual Royal College of Nursing event.

Eve Lightfoot, from Hywel Dda University Health Board, was given the accolade at the Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2018 – now in its seventh year – on Wednesday at City Hall in Cardiff. She was also the winner of the Community Nursing Award category.

“I feel extremely honoured and excited and look forward to the next year with anticipation”

Eve Lightfoot

District nursing sister Ms Lightfoot said she became increasingly concerned there was no education for staff about sepsis or the early recognition of deterioration in patients in the community.

She began to raise awareness of the issue, started a research internship and undertook a research project. Her work is now leading to sustainable change not just locally but also on a national level.

She wrote a teaching package as part of her study, incorporating patient stories. She delivered this to over 100 community nurses with the aim of empowering them to make appropriate decisions.

As a result of her work, a Community Situation, Background, Assessment Recommendation (SBAR) template and National Early Warning Score (NEWS) are being introduced into GP admission criteria.

In addition, an out-of-hospital rapid response to acute illness learning group has been set up in Hywel Dda and the education programme on sepsis recognition is being provided to care homes.

“Eve is a great role model not only for nursing in the community but for nursing as a whole in Wales”

Helen Whyley

Ms Lightfoot was a unanimous choice for the judging panel, demonstrating passion, unwavering commitment and determination.

They said they recognised that she has been driven to improve patient safety and empower nurses to make decisions which enhance patient outcomes.

Ms Lightfoot said: “I am so proud and very privileged to receive the community nursing award and the RCN in Wales nurse of the year award 2018.

She noted that it had been a “real challenge” to implement the much needed changes in community nursing and primary care.

For example, highlighted raising sepsis awareness and improving patient safety by boosting sepsis recognition and acute deterioration skills with the use of News scoring and standardising equipment for community nurses.

“I hope to have the opportunity to be able to continue my vision of enhancing the communication between all the services from secondary, primary and community,” she said.

“With the use of a community SBAR tool and by collaboratively working to redesign the nursing transfer of care document,” said Ms Lightfoot.

“I also hope to further address the need for better understanding and support for post sepsis survivors in Wales,” she said.

She added: “I feel extremely honoured and excited and look forward to the next year with anticipation.”

Helen Whyley, interim director for RCN Wales, said: “Eve is a great role model not only for nursing in the community but for nursing as a whole in Wales.

“She is an inspirational leader who is skilled in influencing and achieving significant change across care sectors. Eve has gained huge respect from all those she works with,” she said.

The evening saw awards given across a total of 19 categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, to celebrate and commend a range of nursing practice in Wales. The RCN also gave out a Special Recognition Award to Jayne Carpenter.

List of all winners and runners-up:

Advanced and Specialist Nursing Award

Winner: Bethan Ingram, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Ambulatory Care Lead Nurse, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up: Malisa Pierri, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Epilepsy, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award

Winner: Rebecca Aylward, Nurse Director, Medicine Clinical Board, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up: Ceri Phillips, Cardiothoracic Lead Nurse,

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 

Children and Midwifery Award

Winners: Kerry Phillips, Senior Midwife Manager, and Louise Taylor, Consultant Midwife, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up: Shelly Jones, Assistant Head of Midwifery, Powys Teaching Health Board

 

Community Nursing Award

Winner: Eve Lightfoot, Community Infection Prevention Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Runner-up: Karen Gregory, Advanced Nurse Practitioner – District Nursing, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

 

Health Care Support Worker Award

Winner: Hannah Rowlands, Health Care Support Worker, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Runner-up: Andrea Donald, Rehabilitation Assistant, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

 

Improving Individual and Population Health Award

Joint winners: Claire Hurlin, Strategic Head Community and Chronic Conditions Management, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Dr Stephanie Perrett, Lead Nurse for Health and Justice, Public Health Wales

 

Innovation in Nursing Award

Winner: Alison Lewis, Respiratory Nurse, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Runner-up: Charlotte Bloodworth, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Haemotology, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Professor Ruth Northway OBE, FRCN, Professor of Learning Disability Nursing, University of South Wales

 

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Award

Winner: Andy Jones, Lead Nurse, Surgery, Urology, Opthalmology, ENT and Wound Healing, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up: Jonathan Gapper, Acting Clinical Lead, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

 

Mentorship Award

Winner: Nerys Kirtley, Midwifery Mentor Facilitator,

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up: Emma Booth, Core Midwife, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Nurse Education Award

Winner: Dr Jayne Cutter, Head of Department of Nursing, Swansea University

Runner-up: Laura Beth Davies, Chemotherapy Nurse and Health Care Support Worker Clinical Lead, Velindre University NHS Trust

 

Nursing Student Award

Winner: Jean-Marc Comperat, Student Nurse (Learning Disabilities), University of South Wales

Runner-up: Lucy-Anne Bromley, Student Nurse (Adult), Bangor University

 

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Award

Winner: Rachel Griffiths, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Joint Runners-up: Jane Brunsdon and Cathryn Smith, Lead Nurses – Expert Clinical Skills and Development, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Primary Care Nursing Award

Winner: Juliet Norwood, S.E. Wales Regional Lead Nurse, Macmillan Primary Care Cancer Framework, Public Health Wales

Runner-up: Ginny Chappell, Primary Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Registered Nurse (Adult) Award

Winner: Suzanne Thomas, Trauma Nurse Practitioner, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up: Natalie Skyrme, Senior Nurse USC, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Safeguarding Award

Winner: Michelle Moseley, Lecturer, Primary Care and Public Health Nursing/Director of Learning in Practice, Cardiff University

Runner-up: Janet Edmunds, Lead Nurse, Looked After Children, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Supporting Improvement Through Research Award

Winner: Dr Aled Jones, Reader: Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality, Cardiff University

Runner-up: Angela Jones, Senior Nurse, Resuscitation Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 

Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Nursing Award

Joint winners: Kath Azzopardi and Sandra Hall, Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Nurse Specialists, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up: Carys Hunt, Learning Disability Nurse, Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice

 

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