“I am delighted to have received this award,” said Tracy of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, “but it really is recognition of the work of the entire nutrition team and the difference we make to patients’ lives.”
Tracy was recognised as Nurse of the Year for her ground-breaking work on nurse-led nutrition clinics and a rapid access enteral feeding service. The service was set up to provide high quality day case care, treatment and advice for all patients who are artificially fed, to enable them to live independently and avoid the need to be admitted to hospital.
The nutrition nurse led clinic consists of nursing staff with a range of advanced skills, providing high quality care and treatment in a mainly outpatient and day case setting. They provide patient assessment, feeding tube placement and replacement and troubleshooting for patients.
Liz Evans, Chair of the National Nutrition Nurses Group (NNNG) says: “The NNNG is proud of Tracy and all her achievements. She has continually pushed boundaries in the field of nutritional care and has acted as a fantastic role model to all nurses. It is good that at last a nutrition nurse is being recognised for excellence at a national level.”