Gail Goddard (left) receiving her Queen's Nurse award from NHS England's Chief Nurse Jane Cummings
Tuesday 25 March 2014
Local district nurse, Gail Goddard, spoke at a Westminster Briefing event recently about the future of community nursing and the evolving role of district nurses.
Gail works as a District Nurse Team Leader for Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and was asked to deliver the presentation by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in recognition of the outstanding care she provides to local patients.
Gail, who was also awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse last year by the Queen’s Nursing Institute, spoke to the audience of healthcare professionals about putting policy into practice and how Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s district nursing teams are developing ways of working to be smarter and more efficient.
She also spoke about the importance of integrated working with health and social care services and the Trust’s initiatives to strengthen partnership working with key stakeholders to maximise resources and improve patient care.
Gail said: “I felt honoured to be asked to speak at this event about the important role that district nurses have on delivering vital care to house bound patients in the community.
“The audience were particularly interested in the challenges we have been having with remote technology as it is a problem in lots of different areas of the country. They were also interested in all the positive changes that we have already made.”
The event was run by Westminster Briefing and looked at various aspects of district nursing and the Leonard Cheshire Disability’s campaign’s ‘Ending 15 minutes of care’ report.