Happy Nurses' Day 2021!
To mark International Nurses' Day, we are showcasing what it means to nurse and how our nursing staff support the care of local people. Below you can read about a few of our nursing superstars.
Tina Swain is our Head of Nursing and Safeguarding
She said: “Hi, I am the Head of Nursing and Safeguarding for NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
It is a post I have held for the last 4 years having moved from a large Mental Health Provider after 25 years.
I really enjoyed working with the public and patients and was worried when I took on the role that I would miss the patient contact. The reality is I get to work with a huge range of professionals from across our system including primary care, private provides, our large acutes and community service, as well as colleagues from the police, education, the two unitary authorises and the children’s trust.
I can definitely say that no two days are the same!
I feel extremely proud to be a nurse in our county and to have the opportunity to work with so many dedicated people.”
Louise Tarplee is Head of Localities (Primary Care)
She said: "As a nurse with 30 years of experience I’m able to support the CCG to ensure that the Nurse’s view is not lost when reviewing and commissioning services.
Collaboratively working with Primary Care colleagues to develop schemes that support excellent patient care in the community and prevent acute admissions where possible.
My clinical knowledge and experience has been used to support practice nursing teams and offer advice in relation to Infection Prevention and Control, policy development, governance and risk assessments. The clinical knowledge together with managerial “how to” can be a powerful combination.
During the pandemic I worked with Care Home colleagues, providing Infection Prevention and Control training and support and a testing programme for care home residents and I look back with pride that maybe I made a difference in testing times.
Proud to be a nurse and although I may not see patients every day I know what I do makes a difference to patient care."
Maz Levins and Nicky Sellars are Quality Improvement Nurses
They said: "We are both Quality Improvement Nurses who work for Northamptonshire CCG; we work with the counties nursing homes to ensure they deliver quality care.
We have developed good working relationship with the homes that provide care for health funded residents and visit homes to undertake quality monitoring assessments which include clinical review and governance. We can visit homes weekly monthly or yearly. We have a varied and interesting role and are nurses with a more that 60 years of combined service to the NHS
We also arrange training for the providers of care for health funded residents (in conjunction with universities and other agencies) as a means of driving forward the delivery of up to date evidenced based quality care.
The pandemic has led to us all having to work differently. Our overall focus continues to be to drive safety and quality care delivery. We have been involved in training our colleagues in the use of Personal Protection Equipment and undertaking of observations. We have supported the vaccination programme and ensured it has been delivered to our care home residents those who are most vulnerable in regard to COVID."