Bank Nurse Award winner: Cardiovascular Health Check Team

Bank Nurse Award winner: Cardiovascular Health Check Team

West Berkshire Council/ Bracknell Forest Council/ Wokingham borough council/ Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

This team goes out into the community to carry out cardiovascular risk assessments as part of the NHS Health Check. Restructuring has meant new rules, managers and zero-hour contracts, but the passionate, reliable and flexible team continues to bring its simple but effective checks to diverse populations. The team boasts 60 years of nursing experience and operates in GP surgeries, community centres, temples, traveller sites and schools. The team’s role has developed further to involve strategic planning, including identifying venues to carry out their checks in a cost effective and innovative way. Team leader Amanda Walsh says: ‘We provide a very professional service, often working in remote, challenging places without breaks as there are so many people needing appointments. We have always met this challenge cheerfully and with compassion and care.’

Picture credit: Chris Balcombe

The Bank Nurse Award is supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by NHS Professionals.

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