Congratulations to Advanced Nurse Practitioner Julie Hayden, who has recently been awarded with a Cavell Star Award for her work in introducing a weekly multidisciplinary team round at one of the larger care homes in Rayleigh.

The Cavell Star Awards is a national awards programme to recognise nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants who shine bright and show exceptional care to their colleagues. patients and patients’s families.

Julie was nominated for the award by GPHA’s Clinical Nurse Manager Liz Harrison, who said:

“The project led by Julie has been very successful. The pharmacist focusses on the medication reviews, the Emergency Care Practitioner looks at any acute episodes (such as falls and avoidable hospital admissions) to see if there are any proactive measures that can be put in place to mitigate the risk of this reoccurring.

Julie is an experienced nurse with advanced consultation and prescribing skills, who used to work as a specialist cardiology and heart failure nurse. She carries out the ward rounds and then has a debrief with the GP at the end of the clinic. The GP then carries out any duties only they can perform (such as the planned GP palliative care reviews). The care home highlighted that this has improved continuity of care.

Before the pandemic the multidisciplinary team offered a drop-in clinic for relatives which was also well received. This project has really showcased the exceptional contribution that advanced nurse practitioners, emergency care practitioners, pharmacists and other clinicians can make in primary care.”

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