Elaine Cole

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A caring approach for people in crisis

Jane Murphy is nurse lead for Operation Emblem, in which mental health nurses work with police to reduce arrests of people in crisis. The project has improved police understanding of mental health and access to care. Ms Murphy was runner-up in the 2015 Nursing Standard Nurse Awards mental health category.

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Getting clever to beat tuberculosis

A pioneering tuberculosis contact tracing project is combating the high number of cases of TB in the capital. By adopting a pan-London approach and taking contact tracing out into the community, the London TB Extended Contact Tracing Team (LTBEx) has significantly increased the number of identified cases.

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Paving the way for safe discharge

A nurse-led ward at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has supported patients who are ready for discharge but cannot be found community places. Work on the ward is rewarding and eases pressure elsewhere in the trust. The iCare team was recognised in this year’s Nursing Standard Nurse Awards and named runner-up in the Enhancing the Experience of Care category.

Emergency Nurse

How regional trauma systems improve outcomes

Management of severely injured patients is complex and requires organised, expert care. Regionalised trauma systems are relatively new in the UK and aim to deliver optimal, timely care to injured patients at the most appropriate location. This article discusses the drivers, organisation, processes and outcomes of regionalised trauma care. It also describes the challenges and benefits of working within a trauma system to enable emergency practitioners to reflect on their roles in contemporary trauma care.

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Cancer survivors inspire self-care plan

Transforming the way services are run takes time and requires engagement at all levels. But with commitment, hard work and close consultation with others including patient groups, a nursing team in Northern Ireland has brought rapid improvement to cancer care. The team, led by nurse consultant Mary-Jo Thompson, won the Cancer Nursing category in this year’s Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

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The little things that are the big things

It is obvious to everyone she works with why hospice healthcare assistant Sharon Finn was a winner in this year’s nurse awards, says Elaine Cole

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The little things that are the big things

Sharon Finn, a senior healthcare assistant at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, London, has won praise for the positive environment she creates with her enthusiasm for work, support for colleagues, and sensitivity and compassion towards patients and families. She is the joint winner of the RCN Health Practitioner Member Award, a category in this year’s Nursing Standard Awards.

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Challenging people’s ideas

Amanda Derbyshire’s work in improving the physical health of patients with mental illness has achieved such impressive results in Halton and Warrington that it has made her a joint winner of the RCN Health Practitioner Member Award.

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Years of experience to bring to the bank

Elizabeth Browse retired after 40 years, but missed caring for patients so much that she returned to her old trust as a bank nurse. She took on roles that were outside of her comfort zone, including helping to pilot a new pathway providing direct pre-assessment. Her highly professional, innovative work was recognised in May when she won Nursing Standard’s Bank Nurse Award.

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Better care ahead for infants and parents

Karine Latter has developed national nursing standards for infants born with Pierre Robin sequence (PRS), a rare cleft palate condition that causes breathing and eating difficulties. The standards, based on her own research with PRS families, aim to provide national consistency in nursing care. Ms Latter is the runner-up in the Child Health category of this year’s Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

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A fresh take on infection prevention

Shauna Rooney has made a big impression in her first job. Our 2015 Infection Prevention award winner tells Elaine Cole how she improved practice for the benefit of nursing home residents

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Artistic project is a chance to be happy

Third-year mental health nursing student Mark Collins introduced a group art project on to an acute mental health ward that has improved the self-esteem of service users. The Tree of Regrowth and Recovery adorns a wall and has patients’ artworks placed around it. The project won Mr Collins the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award at this year’s Nursing Standard Awards.

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Conscious of deterioration

Nurse consultant Gillian Robinson developed a coma assessment tool that has helped to radically improve the safety of care provided to neonates, infants, children and young people. Crucially, the tool is tailored to specific age groups. Ms Robinson’s achievement was recognised earlier this year when she won the child health category in this year’s Nursing Standard Nurse Awards.

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A do-it-yourself drive to spread the D word

A community nursing team in Surrey led by Pauline Bigwood was recognised in the 2015 Nursing Standard Nurse Awards for an innovative campaign to increase vitamin D awareness among parents and clinicians. The aim of the campaign is to improve child health by implementing Department of Health recommendations for vitamin D supplementation.

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Award for colorectal nurse who shunned retirement and came back to work

A retired colorectal surgical nurse who missed her job so much that she returned to work for her trust’s staff bank has been named runner up in the bank nurse category of the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

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Diabetes care tool puts kids in control

The nursing team in the children’s diabetes service at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has developed an app and website to help children and young people with type 1 diabetes manage the condition. The initiative focuses on using social media to increase peer support. The team were runners up in the 2015 Nursing Standard Excellence in Diabetes Specialist Nursing Award, sponsored by Sanofi Diabetes.

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Work together to prevent infection

Nurse Tanya Kidson leads the team behind a set of assessment tools that are helping care homes in Shropshire to prevent infection outbreaks. The tools were developed with independent care sector nurses. Implemented in almost half of the county’s 300 care homes, the team was named runner-up in this year’s Nursing Standard Nurse Awards in the infection prevention category.

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Initiative boosts cleanliness and safety for residents

A team of nurses who created tools that help the independent care sector prevent infections and reduce hospital admissions has been named runner up in the infection prevention category of the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

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