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”
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”
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
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
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