Date of release: 30 November 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Urology team have cause for a double celebration after winning two national awards.
Clare Waymont, Kelly Kusinski, and Jenny Akins – all Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioners – won the Cancer Nursing category at the Nursing Times Awards.
Pictured, from left:- Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioners Kelly Kusinski, Clare Waymont and Jenny Akins and Nicola Farnell, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Their nurse-led elevated Prostatic Specific Antigen (PSA) telephone triage service overcame 11 other shortlisted entries after they developed a fast-track service where patients are assessed via telephone and direct investigations are arranged to help meet cancer targets.
Nurse-led telephone triage of suspected prostate cancer referrals has been identified as innovative practice and shared within the West Midlands Cancer alliance. This model has now been adopted by other hospitals in the Trust’s network.
Kelly was also shortlisted in the same category for setting up Brothers Reaching Out To/For Support (BROS), a support group for black men with prostate cancer.
Their colleague, Nicola Farnell, was shortlisted in the Rising Star category along with Emily Wates. Both are Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Nicola identified a need for robust tracking of bladder cancer patients and facilitated a database which allows the team to track patients undergoing treatment for bladder cancer, using Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) immunotherapy.
Emily was shortlisted for her work in bereavement in early pregnancy after setting up the Trust’s first early pregnancy loss bereavement service in October 2019.
Prof. Ann-Marie Cannaby, Chief Nurse, said: “Congratulations to the Urology team. This is really good news for the nurses to see the great service they provide recognised, and for the patients.”
Naga Munchetty, the BBC TV Breakfast presenter, interviewed Clare at the virtual ceremony attended by staff, including Yvonne Higgins, Deputy Chief Nurse.
In addition, Nicola, has won her own prestigious national award – the Bruce Turner Award from the British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN) – for setting up the BCG database.
This award recognises junior urology nurses and gives them an outstanding opportunity to benefit from mentorship and exposure to national urological expertise and practice, including a fully-funded place to the BAUN annual conference.
Nicola, who will also receive a large glass trophy, can now visit other Trusts and view best practice throughout and see how her team can use this experience and knowledge to potentially improve their own service provision and patient care.
Clare is also the new president of the British Association of Urological Nurses, starting her term this month.
The Urology team has also featured in a promotional film, co-produced by the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) and ITN Productions, which was shown at the BAUS annual meeting.
The film captured Clare and the team championing urology as a nursing speciality, while Peter Cooke, Consultant Urological Surgeon, shared good practice and showcased the department’s work, including a robotic prostatectomy in an operating theatre at New Cross Hospital.
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