As we head towards International Nurses Day 2017 on the 12th May Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is celebrating all the hard work and dedication nurses bring to the practices.
Nurses play a key role in the recovery, care and health of patients specialising in many different areas. The scope of the nurse’s role is varied and can include anything from medication, patient education, paediatrics, neonatal, women's health/gender-related, psychological/mental health amongst many other specialisms.
One nurse in particular has shone recently for going above and beyond her duties and was even nominated in the category ‘Health Professional of the Year’ at the Solihull Observer Solihull Together Awards held in March, where she was a finalist. Practice nurses have been identified by Macmillan as being in a perfect position to be able to support cancer patients and manage their needs, which is where Jacqui Rea has flourished.
Jacqui, from Croft Medical Centre, saw the opportunity to offer to undertake the Cancer care reviews, which assists an individual to raise any issues relating to their cancer or treatment that are impacting on their quality of life or wellbeing using the Holistic Care Review (HCR) model. She now has protected time on Wednesday afternoons to undertake HCR’s and is now exploring offering a chronic diseases clinic to patients with other co morbidities, truly seeing the patient holistically and not as a set of diseases.
Jacqui held her first breast cancer support session at her surgery which proved very popular (pictured above - Jacqui is second in from the left, back row). There are more planned for later in the year.
Dr Anand Chitnis from Solihull CCG said:
“We should all show our appreciation to those nurses who work in our practices, in the community and in our hospitals, helping those in times of need and distress. Nurses are the backbone of the NHS and their care, compassion and commitment deserve our appreciation. International Nurses Day is a day to show our gratitude, whether we are patients, relatives or colleagues. So if a nurse has made a difference to you, take the opportunity to send them a thank you. Such simple gestures make their difficult job all the more worthwhile.”