Southmead Hospital nurse wins national award

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Southmead Hospital nurse has won a national award for his work.

Renal access nurse Wilfredo Manuel was honoured at the British Journal of Nursing 2014 awards.

The North Bristol NHS Trust employee was named IV (intravenous) Therapy Nurse of the Year at the awards ceremony in London.

Wilfredo, who has worked for the trust for eleven years, was involved in bringing a nurse-led line insertion and management service to Southmead’s renal unit.

Traditionally patients who required central lines for their treatment would have them inserted by a doctor. But the new service means that specialist nurses are trained in the practice.

Wilfredo learnt the procedure in Oxford before bringing it back to Southmead, the first hospital in the South West to have offered the service.

He said that by redesigning the model of care nurses are now able to treat patients promptly which makes a real difference and improves patient experience.

 “We can build up a rapport with patients,” he said.

“We are able to see and manage the patient on a long term basis.

“It also embeds good infection prevention and control and reduces waiting times.

“It's a service that is really working and is giving a real impact to every point of delivery.”

Wilfredo, who has been a nurse since 1990 has been shortlisted for national awards, but had not picked up the overall prize before.  He was a runner up in the South West NHS Leadership Awards 2013.

“I feel over the moon,” he said.

“Being shortlisted was wonderful  but actually getting the award is an extra added bonus.”

Director of nursing at North Bristol NHS Trust, Sue Jones, said: “We are really very proud of Wilf and everything he has achieved. 

“He is a great role model, and above all the service he provides is of great benefit to patients .”