NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This week, we’re looking at the work of nursing council member Marion Jones.
I have worked for the NHS for many years and have experience in orthopaedics, cardiology, district nursing, and the hospice setting. During my career I have managed teams of nurses, run busy caseloads, carried out and prioritised patient care whilst also identifying, implementing and managing change.
“Many know about organ donation but there is much less awareness about tissue donation”
My main area of interest is in end of life care and ensuring that the best quality end of life care is provided.
A number of years ago I was given the great honour of being awarded the Queen’s Nurse title and to this day continue to hold this title due to my work in relation to the community.
This award means a great deal to me as it was supported by not only my managers but several patients and their families and was a result of the care I have delivered, in particular in end of life care.
In 2014, I was employed as the first hospital development nurse practitioner for NHS Blood and Transplant’s Tissue and Eye Services covering a large geographical area.
Many know about organ donation but there is much less awareness about tissue donation. This was a new role which I have been able to develop and move forward, requiring me to be innovative, proactive and forward thinking.
I am a member of the Donation Operational Management Team responsible for strategic planning: ensuring there is adequate supply of quality tissue for transplantation.
I work closely with a variety of healthcare professionals from directors of nursing, consultants, doctors, specialist nurses for organ donation, clinical leads for organ donation, palliative care teams, ward staff, hospice staff and the public.
“Through my work I am able to help ensure that those who wish to make a difference to someone else after their own death is heard”
I lead in the promotion and normalisation of tissue donation after death by providing education and training.
My role also involves the setting up of sustainable high-quality referral systems for tissue donation after death and as such I work closely with acute hospital trusts embedding an online referral system that has now become a recognised part of the end of life care process for every adult patient in the trust.
Working at NHS Blood and Transplant has allowed me to develop myself both personally and professionally in ways that enable me to feel fulfilled as a nurse.
I have attended a number of both in and out of house courses that have provided me with not only the knowledge but the confidence to carry out my role. I have also had the opportunity to attend external conferences and have presented poster presentations relating to my own work.
I also had the opportunity to present at the student nurse fringe event at the Royal College of Nursing annual congress that was held in Glasgow in 2016. I carry out work to promote nursing roles within NHS Blood and Transplant and have spoken at Oxford Brookes University on the Return to Nursing Practice Course.
I have developed my education skills further and now teach on the student nurse programme at the University of the West of England. I also teach on the post graduate end of life module at the University of Southampton. I regularly speak at conferences around the country.
I believe strongly in end of life choices and through my work I am able to help ensure that those who wish to make a difference to someone else after their own death is heard, especially those who have signed the Organ Donor Register.
My work also provides me with the opportunity to sit on a number of committees both internal and external.
One such group I sit on is the Family Donor Advisory Group whereby I have the privilege of working with donor family members. I made the decision to apply and am proud to say that I was accepted.
I believe the council is about supporting nurses across all directorates, whilst ensuring they feel valued and empowered to be the best they can and lead in a way that demonstrates that that they value our nursing strategy and are proud to be NHS Blood and Transplant nurses.
- This is the second in a series of blogs from the nursing team at NHS Blood and Transplant. Read the first here: Meet the NHS Blood and Transplant team: Ben Cole
NHS Blood and Transplant is a special health authority that provide a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the donation, storage and transplantation of blood, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stems cells, and researching new treatments and processes. Find out more about nursing careers at NHS Blood and Transplant.