Photo gallery: RCN Health Practitioner Award winner Amanda Derbyshire

RCN Health Practitioner Award winner - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Amanda Derbyshire
Support, time and recovery worker, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Amanda established and developed a physical health and wellbeing pathway for patients with mental illness after an audit showed screening was poor. She liaised with GP surgeries and care co-ordinators to compile physical health records for service users – finding that often the GP did not know of the patient.

Then she created an assessment tool by combining the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Lester UK cardiometabolic tool for patients receiving antipsychotic medication with her trust’s physical health assessment document.

Amanda established a steering group linked to primary and secondary care that included service-user representatives and produced an educational DVD and a GP leaflet explaining the importance of physical health screenings. She set up a clinic, and where necessary screened patients in their homes. As there was no IT structure to record and track screening results, she created her own.

An audit shows an impressive increase in adherence to screenings – from 6% to 94% overall.