Congratulations to the Hepatology nursing team at the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust who have won this year’s British Journal of Nursing ‘Liver nurse of the year’.
The award was presented at a ceremony in London’s Shakespeare Globe on Friday 8th March 2019 by Vanessa Hebditch from the British Liver Trust and Michelle Clayton from the British Liver Nurses Association.
The team won the award for their innovative Thinking Ahead Clinic. The key aim of this new service is to help those patients who have end stage cirrhosis and are unsuitable for liver transplantation. The clinic provides a holistic care pathway, from recognition of incurable illness, planning end of life care and providing support post bereavement, whilst avoiding hospital admissions. The project has attained a greater understanding of this patient group, using qualitative research methods and identifying what is important to patients.
The team set up an advanced care planning Multi-disciplinary Team meeting to identify & discuss patients who were considered to be in the last 12-24 months of life and were not candidates for liver transplant.
Members of the team who are led by Nurse Consultant, Anthony Moffat, commented
“We hope our project will inspire others to set up similar clinics, or opportunities for patients who are facing the end of their life, a place and the time to provide them with an opportunity to regain some self-respect, be listened too and have their wishes carried out.”
“In a world where we face national nursing shortages, we hope the award will help to continue to raise the profile of Advanced Nursing Practice, both within our trust and within the Hepatology professional network. University Hospitals Plymouth is actively supporting individuals with their advanced nursing practice aspirations and is continuing to help them achieve ANP leadership roles.”
“The most important aspect of this project is being visible, listening and being available to patients, their families and carers, as they approach the most challenging stage of their life. Many of our patients were wishing to reconcile with their poor life’s decisions and have an opportunity to improve their relationships, apologise and make peace with themselves and others. Listening and hearing our patients means the standards of care will continually be improved in future, alongside the quality of care for patients and support for our staff in delivering their care.”
“As a team we are all responsible and involved in the patient’s journey, at whatever stage they are referred to Liver Services. We work with a highly qualified and extensively experienced team of individuals, who have a vocation for nursing and achievement. Positive energy is inspirational, the team we have is inspirational! We work collectively for each other; to provide the very best we can for our patients, their carer’s and family.”
As well as Anthony Moffat, the award was collected by: Amanda Clements, Advanced Nurse Practitioner; Katie Ramos, Transplant – Clinical Nurse Specialist; Percy Hendry - Trainee – Advanced Nurse Practitioner; Nadine Ash Trainee – Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Jayne Roue, Hepatitis C – Operational Delivery Network Manager.
Many congratulations to the other finalists who were Ane Zamalloa, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Karen Gamble & Kirsty Fancey, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.
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