An East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) nurse has received national recognition for her work to improve the care of patients who have skin tears and pressure ulcers in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse Jayne Jode has been awarded the Chief Nursing Officer's Silver Award– an accolade given to nurses who make major contributions to their profession, providing excellent care, leadership and inspiration to their colleagues and patients.
Jayne has led her team of assistant practitioners to design a new skin tear care pathway, which is being used to train staff in local care homes to correctly diagnose and dress skin tears in residents. Having led to a significant reduction in skin tears and improved healing rates, the pathway is now being introduced in 90 care homes in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, with plans for the pathway to be rolled out across all residential homes in the Norfolk and Waveney area.
Alongside this initiative, Jayne has been commended for her work to improve pressure ulcer care, which has seen prevention and treatment training extended across all ECCH’s clinical teams and local residential, nursing home and domiciliary care staff. Jayne has also contributed to research projects for NHS England, as well as helping to organise local events to educate carers and health workers about how to prevent pressure ulcers occurring, and how to treat them effectively.
Jayne was presented the award by Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May, in a virtual ceremony in front of her ECCH colleagues. Ruth said: “It is my absolute honour to award Jayne a Chief Nursing Officer’s Award. I want to say a personal thank you to Jayne for the work she has done, the leadership she has shown, the support she has given and the legacy she will leave. She truly is a credit to our profession.”