Photo gallery: Public Health Nursing Award winners LTBEx
Public Health Nursing Award winners - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015
London TB Extended Contact Tracing Team,
featuring Sarah Murphy
Public Health England
The London TB Extended Contact Tracing Team (LTBEx) aims to stop London being the ‘TB capital of Europe’. It is the first dedicated team staffed by public health specialists and clinical TB nurses. LTBEx can lead on or support all aspects of incident management across the whole of London.
Lead nurse Sarah Murphy says: ‘People may live in one area, attend college in another, work somewhere else and stay with friends elsewhere. If someone has infectious tuberculosis and lives like most Londoners, their contacts will also be spread across London.’
An audit found that overstretched services were usually unable to offer screening to people outside their boundaries or onsite, leading to low uptake. Referral processes were also complicated. The team’s solution has been to work throughout the capital and take screening to schools, colleges, workplaces, detention centres and hostels.
LTBEx nurses clinically assess contacts, perform tuberculin skin tests and phlebotomy, and record all the information they gather into their database.