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Matron nationally recognised as older care expert

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A community matron from Norfolk has been recognised at a national level as an expert practitioner in the field of nursing older people, as well as in leading innovation and quality improvement.

Clare Ruff recently completed the older person’s nurse fellowship programme and has been awarded a postgraduate certificate in advanced practice.

The fellowship brings together senior nurses from around the country who are working in a range of clinical settings, including community, hospital and mental health services.

Individuals enhance their knowledge of the holistic care of older adults, while being supported to work on a “change management project” to champion innovation within their own work setting.

The initiative is commissioned by Health Education England and run by King’s College, London.

“I’m thrilled to have passed and I have learned an enormous amount from the course,” said Ms Ruff, who works for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

“It has helped me to understand issues around caring for older people and has given me a structure to use for quality improvement in the future,” she said.

It also saw her present her project – Avoiding Patient Harms, A Holistic Approach – to 200 students, directors of nursing and other experts in older person’s nursing at King’s College.

Anna Morgan, the trust’s director of nursing and quality, said: “We are all very proud of Clare. To be recognised at a national level for her expertise is a real accomplishment.”

Last November Ms Ruff visited the House of Lords where she was presented with a special badge identifying her as part of a national consulting body that champions excellence for older people.

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