Photo gallery: Innovations in Respiratory Award finalist Elaine Reid

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Innovations in Respiratory Award finalist - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015

Elaine Reid
Pleural nurse specialist
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The trust where Elaine works created the pleural specialist nurse roleto improve the experience of patients at the end of life by offeringbetter support and management of their disease and symptoms.

It was partly in response to a national alert over the safety of chestdrains and the time pressures on pleural services. Previously, patientswith pleural disease were managed across hospital departments, butElaine now fronts a nurse-led clinic offering a greatly improved patientpathway. Shehas undertaken a unique advanced practice role,first gaining ultrasound competency, which allowed her to evaluatepatients prior to chest drain, then achieving procedural competencyto undertake chest drains herself.

Elaine says: Patients with malignantpleural effusions now have an effective and timely service for themanagement of their recurrent effusions with indwelling pleuralcatheters. This avoids recurrent symptoms and repeated admissionsso improving their quality of life when time is limited.