Photo gallery: Community Nursing Award winner Sarah Critchley

Community Nursing Award winner - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Sarah Critchley and the Primary Care Rheumatology Team
Pennine MSK Partnership

This nurse-led service was set up in response to increasing waiting times for rheumatology patients at the Royal Oldham Hospital. The transfer of 1,686 patients into the primary care service was completed in September 2011.

Sarah leads the team of rheumatology specialist nurses, infusion nurses, outpatient nurse and healthcare assistants. She developed new pathways, policies and patient group directions, as well as a community-based infusion service to improve the patient experience. Patients now have rapid access to disease-modifying, biologic and injection therapies in addition to research trials.

‘This results in shorter waiting times for patients needing to be seen by a consultant for diagnosis or assessment of complex medical needs,’ says Sarah.

‘Our patients are able to access support for self-care and psychological needs through new partnerships with voluntary agencies. They have the opportunity to see many different professionals, such as for smoking cessation or physiotherapy, and they have more time in the appointment.’