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60 seconds with moving and handling specialist Diane Hindson

Have confidence and don't let fear of failing stop you, says specialist nurse Diane Hindson

Have confidence and don't let fear of failing stop you, says specialist nurse Diane Hindson

Teamwork is invaluable, says Diane Hindson. Picture: Jim Varney

Diane Hindson has been the moving and handling officer/back care adviser at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust since 2001. In 2016, she was highly commended in the Innovations in your Specialty category of the RCNi Nurse Awards for inventing Versal, a slide sheet that enables patients to be easily and safely moved or repositioned while maintaining their dignity. Her previous roles have included being an ophthalmic nurse and school nurse, and she is also a midwife. She is married with one daughter.

What are your main work responsibilities?

Moving and handling is my specialty. Responsibilities include risk assessment, assisting with policy development, troubleshooting and face-to-face moving and handling training for colleagues.

Who are your clients/patients?

Patients and colleagues, including porters, consultants, secretaries and nurses, in acute and community settings.

What do you love about your job?

The variety. One day I may be solving complex patient handling problems, another I will be undertaking practical training for someone completely new to healthcare.

What do you find most difficult?

Despite best practice guidance and training, colleagues sometimes forget their own well-being while putting patients first, and can injure themselves as a result.

What is your top priority at work?

Looking after the musculoskeletal health and well-being of staff, and the safety, comfort and dignity of patients during moving and handling tasks.

How have you developed your skills in this role?

By completing the moving and handling diploma at the University of Northumbria, and being involved with the National Back Exchange.

What has been your most formative career experience?

Creating Versal, the slide sheet that is now being used across my trust and marketed nationally for the benefit of both patients and staff.

What will be your next career move?

I have worked at Darlington Memorial Hospital for 35 years and will be happy to keep doing this job as best I can.

What career advice would you give to your younger self?

Have confidence and don’t let fear of failing stop you. There are many around you to learn from and give support. Teamwork is invaluable.

Click here to read about Ms Hindson's innovation, for which she was highly commended in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016.

The RCNi Nurse Awards 2018 is open for entries in 14 categories. Click here for more information and to enter.


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