Eight specialist nurses have been awarded grants for projects and development initiatives to improve the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The grants, from the Shire Innovation Fund for IBD Nurses, were given to eight specialist nurses including Lynn Gray and Wendi Harrison (pictured).
Ms Gray is going to use her grants for two projects: attending an IBD Advanced Practice Course and setting up a patient panel, aimed at improving IBD treatment and care standards. Ms Harrison, currently an endoscopy nurse, is going to use her grant for her own professional development to enable her to become an IBD specialist nurse to further support patients in the Furness area.
The Shire Innovation Fund was established by Shire Pharmaceuticals in March this year as part of the company’s continued commitment to supporting initiatives which improve the outcomes of patients with IBD. It is aimed at supporting nurses working in IBD who want to develop their services further by making available grants, each up to a maximum £1,500, for nurse led projects which improve medical care for patients with IBD.