A nurse practitioner is maintaining a specialist gynaecology service working through her trust’s bank.
Katharine Gale, who has 18 years’ clinical experience in women’s health, independently sees women referred under the two-week fast-track gynaecology pathway at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
She takes a clinical history, carries out a diagnostic ultrasound scan and vaginal examination, and can biopsy the womb lining to speed diagnosis. She also offers extra clinics if demand is high so that women do not have to wait unnecessarily. Katharine is an independent prescriber and holds a weekly nurse-led hysteroscopy clinic for abnormal bleeding. She also performs outpatient procedures such as removing intrauterine coils.
She initiated an independent survey to seek feedback from her patients. Responses included ‘Katherine was great, friendly, professional and knowledgeable’ and ‘very informative and made me feel at ease’.
Katherine is a finalist in the NHS Professionals-sponsored Bank Nurse category of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016. She says: ‘I am delighted to have been shortlisted. When I was a matron, I appreciated the vital role that temporary staff play in ensuring safe and high quality care is maintained throughout the hospital. Their flexibility and commitment is to be commended.
‘I am proud to be a bank nurse that is not only challenging the traditional role of nurses, but also the perception of what is possible as a temporary member of the multiprofessional team. Even as a bank nurse my advanced nursing skills can improve patient care and ensure a service is delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner.’
About the sponsor
NHS Professionals is the leading provider of managed bank services to NHS trusts. We are 100% committed to the values and principles of the NHS. We are solely owned by the Department of Health, and our entire focus is on working in partnership with Trusts – helping them spend money more carefully on their temporary workforce, while improving the quality of patient care. We work with more than 100 hospitals, and any surplus we make is put back into the NHS.