National shortlisting Success for Nurse Jeanette

A NURSE at a Lothian hospital has been shortlisted for a national award that recognises the hard work being carried out in wound care.

Jeanette Timmins, a Tissue Viability Nurse at both the Royal Victoria (RVH) and Liberton Hospitals, is now in line for the Wounds System Award at a ceremony to be held in London, by Wounds UK, on June 8th.

Jeanette worked on improving standards in wound assessment and management by researching and devising detailed measures to enhance the care given to patients.

A trial period was proposed for a new wound assessment chart, which was aimed at strengthening staff awareness of wound management procedures, leading to an increasingly efficient use of dressings - during the four-month trial, expenditure on wound management products reduced by £9,000.

Jeanette said:

"I am surprised and absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for an award. There are staff implementing new ideas to improve patient care every day all over the division, so you never expect this to be noticed - never mind put forward for an award.
"I would not have been able to complete the work without all the help and support of the staff, particularly at the RVH and Liberton. Many staff attended study days in their own time."

Help was also on hand from Johnson & Johnson Medical, who aided Jeanette in setting up the study days for staff to help introduce the new wound management framework.

Jeanette had to overcome staff worries over increased paperwork when she initially proposed the trial - but these concerns soon subsided after the staff began to use the new wound chart.

Jeanette added:

"The trial of the new documentation finished over six months ago and staff have refused to return to the old documentation, as they feel this one is far superior and meets their needs."

It took 18 months for Jeanette to complete work on the project, despite having to juggle her normal work duties and a busy family life, with four children to look after. Jeanette now plans to disseminate this work with the other Tissue Viability Nurses within the division.

"Seeing the results made all the hard work worthwhile," she said. "It will be lovely to have a trip to London and will be even better if I win an award."

The Wounds UK Awards are open to all healthcare professionals involved in wound healing and/or management. The awards programme recognises the outstanding achievements of those practitioners who are improving standards in wound prevention and management, via research, clinical audit and practice development in the UK.