Mrs Gillian Smith
Nurse & Paramedic
Northampton Genral Hospital, Northampton
Nurse and Paramedic Portfolio Update
This is the final update from Gill Smith, who has chaired the Nurse and Paramedic report for the last three years, which have been a time of enormous growth and evolution.
As the number of practising Nurse Hysteroscopists continues to grow, the focus of the last three years has been around ensuring that practice is underpinned by continuing professional development with additional training and support for nurses performing outpatient treatments and developing a robust process for accreditation and re-accreditation.
Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialists
The Endometriosis Clinical Nurse Specialist role has become more established. The priority, over the last three years, has been around standardising and developing the role nationally, as well as ensuring an ongoing commitment to continuing professional development. We also aim to support research to compare the role to RCN framework.
Two national audits have been completed. One surveying Nurse Hysteroscopists to assess how many are performing treatments, what treatments they are performing and what training they have undertaken and an audit establishing the national variations within the role of CNSs working in BSGE accredited Endometriosis Centres or Provisional Centres.
Building on the national audit, Wendy Norton a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care (Sexual Health) at De Montfort University has secured research money to undertake a survey of the endometriosis CNS role in BSGE centres. The study will survey all the CNSs and then carry out more detailed telephone interviews with approximately 10 CNS with a range of experience in the role, to compare their role remit and the extent to which this matches the RCN CNS framework.
Caring for Women with Endometriosis – University of Surrey Module.
There have been two successful modules, facilitated by Wendy Mitchell. With both groups eager to learn and share their knowledge. Wendy has now retired, however, she is planning to continue to support the module and nurse training.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist Conference has continued to grow, with the conference rooms consistently full in Hull in 2017, demonstrating that the Nurse & Paramedic Portfolio is in good health as I hand over to my successor.