Julia Ives wins Nurse of the Year

Julia Ives has been named Oxleas Nurse of the Year 2012. She also won the Patient Safety award at the trust's Annual Nursing Conference which was attended by staff from across our services today. 

Julia, who is a Practice Development Nurse for Adlut Complex Needs and Recovery Services was recognised for her work aimed at giving patients blood test results in just a few minutes.

The Clozapine project enables a validated full blood count (FBC) to be available in minutes prior to dispensing medication. The introduction of the point of care project allows Clozapine to be dispensed on the same day as conducting the FBC.

This project has meant that clients are able to receive blood test results within 10 minutes of blood being taken. Once they have had the required physical health checks they can receive their medication when the blood tests are validated. This helps enhance the safety and experience for those attending. It was launched in Bexley borough last year and from Monday it will be provided for people in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Associate Director of Nursing, Sarah Burchell, said: “Julia worked with medical colleagues in the development of this groundbreaking project. She has been responsible for the development of the one stop clinic, working with the nursing team to ensure the provision of the testing equipment, training for staff and the development of protocols for monitoring and dispensing and ensuring physical health checks and wellbeing advice form part of this service. She has also undertaken a formal review of the project and the client experience. Following the evaluation this service will be extended.”

Julia received her prize of £500 at the annual nursing conference award ceremony that took place at Charlton Athletic Football Club earlier today. She said: “I was delighted to be the winner of the Safety Award and positively overwhelmed to receive the Nurse of the Year Award. And its my birthday today!”

Guest speakers included: Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, Chief Nurse, NHS London; Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Nurse, South East London Cluster; Hilary Ross, Olympic Lead, NHS London; Bernell Bussue, Director, RCN London and Marc Woods, Paralympic swimmer and motivational speaker.

The awards recognise and reward individual nurses who have made significant contributions to nursing practice over the past year. The following category winners will receive £250 and the runners up will receive £100:

Patient Safety

Winner: Julia Ives, Practice Development Nurse, Adult Complex Needs and Recovery.

Runner-up: Teresa McDonald, School Health Advisor, Bexley Community Health Service (BCHS).

Highly Commended: Afi Wall, Staff Nurse, Adult Acute Mental Health.

Patient Experience

Winner: Jane Sweeny, School Health Advisor, BCHS.

Runner Up: Shingairai Chirisa, Ward Manager, Older People Mental Health.

Highly Commended: Janice Algar, Community Nurse, Adult Learning Disabilities.

Nursing Excellence

Winner: Amanda Taylor, Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, Forensic and Prisons.

Runner Up: Lorraine Hooton, Stella Haddow-Mendes and Devalletta Nathan, Community Learning Disability Nurses, Adult Learn Disabilities.

Highly Commended: Fred Adopo-Nyanko, Clinical Charge Nurse, Forensic and Prison Services.

Published on 11th May 2012