The Royal College of Nursing is proud to have administered the Betsi Cadwaladr Foundation Scholarship Awards for 2021 on behalf of the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales.
We would like to thank all of those who submitted applications for the scholarship this year. The applications reflected some of the excellent innovation in healthcare practice across Wales as a direct response to the pandemic and has clearly benefiting direct patient care or contributing to the wider health and wellbeing agenda in Wales.
Winner - Susan Rees
Susan is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner- Community Infection Prevention based in Hywel Dda University Health Board.
As such, Susan was ideally placed to lead the community COVID-19 infection prevention challenge and response in her Health Board. She used her experience and knowledge to develop and implement COVID-19 infection prevention policies, population screening protocols, commission screening units, train supporting British army personnel, support COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes and community hospitals, primary care settings and schools. She also developed COVID-19 processes and a policy within a local asylum camp.
A significant amount of her workload was within care homes to mitigate COVID-19 transmission and outbreaks. Although difficult to quantify, the presence of such infection measures has undoubtedly led to the earlier control of outbreaks and limited the extent of COVID-19 transmission to residents, which in turn influenced morbidity and mortality rates.
Susan has shared the COVID-19 infection prevention model with infection prevention colleagues across Wales.
Susan will use the award to focus on developing educational materials for staff working in the many different healthcare settings in the community, to reduce preventable HCAI and prevent transmission of existing and emerging communicable infections.
Our congratulations go to Susan, she is a very worthy winner.
Runner Up – Clare Wade and Ceri Chinn
Clare is the Director of Nursing for Surgery Clinical Board and Ceri Chinn is the Lead Nurse for Peri-operative Care at the Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board.
Extensive work was carried out by the multi-disciplinary team in Surgery Clinical Board at University Hospital of Wales (UHW) and University Hospital Llandough (UHL) to create dedicated green zones to protect patients to undergo urgent surgery during the COVID-19-19 pandemic. These innovative measures have protected patients, their families and staff from COVID-19-19 and has allowed an increased number of time sensitive surgeries to take place.
This green pathway and the centralised nurse led Preoperative Assessment services have resulted in significant reduction in delays in the clinic pathways and last minute cancellation rates.
Clare will use the award money to support virtual visiting to the patients within the green areas.