Practice Development Nurse wins prestigious award

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A Practice Development Nurse from North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust attended the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Awards on Friday 9 March.

Lisa Sharp was announced as the winner of the Pressure Care and Tissue Viability Nurse of the Year award.

The BJN Awards are a showcase of nursing excellence, recognising and celebrating the individuals who go above and beyond in delivering their care.

Lisa was shortlisted for the award in light of her work leading the Trust’s End PJ Paralysis campaign. This was aimed at getting patients up, dressed and moving, in order to enhance their autonomy, safety and dignity, allowing them to return safely to their own homes.

Lisa turned End PJ Paralysis into a 100 day board game style challenge which was played on a large whiteboard, allowing the Trust to improve patient care in a fun and interactive way. NHS Improvement highlighted this as good practice and implemented Lisa’s idea regionally in 2017, with plans to extend it into a national challenge later this year.

Chief Nurse, Jo Bennis, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work undertaken by Lisa, the Practice Development Team and the Trust as a whole during this challenge. Lisa kept all of her colleagues motivated throughout the duration, fuelled by her passion to provide the best possible patient care. Getting our less mobile patients up and dressed during their stay in hospital keeps them active. This means we can ensure they maintain their independence and discharge them to their own homes sooner, in order that they can spend time with their families and loved ones”.