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Lincolnshire nurse executives spend day on frontline


The chief nurse at a trust in Lincolnshire has encouraged her fellow board members to spend a shift working on the frontline to see “first-hand” how their wards work and how staff care for patients.

Executives at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust donned uniforms and spent a shift working with frontline staff at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals.

“I am sure if we listen to the staff we can learn lessons”

Tara Filby

They were on hand at ward rounds, helping to make beds, chatting to patients and listening to staff, according to the trust.

The day was organised by chief nurse Tara Filby, who said: “I wanted members of the executive team to be able to immerse themselves in the clinical frontline so they can see first-hand how our systems and processes work.

“It is one thing talking about operational activity and patient experience in a boardroom, it is a totally different experience when you are there on the shop floor working alongside staff in caring for patients,” she said.

Ms Filby, who spent time working in the ophthalmology outpatients department at Scunthorpe, said: “It is an exceptionally busy clinic and I am sure if we listen to the staff we can learn lessons and improve the experience for our patients just by making some simple changes.”

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Nurse executives return to frontline for a day

Chief nurse Tara Filby with health record facilitator Alice Young

Meanwhile, Dr Karen Dunderdale, trust deputy chief executive and director of operations, returned to uniform to do an early shift on the coronary care unit.

Ms Dunderdale, a former cardiac rehabilitation nurse, said: “I had a great time working with the staff and speaking to the patients.

“It was lovely to be back looking after cardiac patients,” she said. “It also gave me an invaluable insight into what it is like for our staff working on the frontline looking after patients, day in day out.”

Ms Filby added: “The feedback from the day was excellent from the executives who took part and the staff who hosted them.”



Readers' comments (4)

  • Hooray!! A chief nurse with insight and vision. Long may she reign!!

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  • Hooray!! A chief nurse with insight and vision. Long may she reign!!

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  • Looking at the picture it's clear that they have forgotten that they must raise the bed so they don't hurt their backs. Also if it's clean sheets you don't need to wear aprons or was it the case of lets get a photo of you guys doing some nursing !

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  • Only one to make beds on our ward, that will be the day when two carers or nurses double up to make beds.The sister on our ward in the rare time she is on the floor she also goes for bed making,( I wonder why ) .
    What I will like to see is the nurses in management actually be part of the floor team on different shifts for a portion of their contracted hours working in rotation from doing the job of a staff nurse to the job of a health care assistant. Setting a working example to all, so is not do as I say, but do as I do.

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