Ilkeston nurse honoured for ‘going the extra mile’ for patients

Nurse Helen Greaves was presented with her Extra Mile Award 2016 by medical director Dr Rick Meredith (right) and chairman Prem Singh (left) from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.
Nurse Helen Greaves was presented with her Extra Mile Award 2016 by medical director Dr Rick Meredith (right) and chairman Prem Singh (left) from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

A specialist nurse from Ilkeston has been honoured for going the extra mile for patients.

Helen Greaves, one of the top clinical nurse specialists in continence care in Derbyshire, received an award in recognition of her work to improve care for patients with continence problems.

Helen, who is based at Alfreton Primary Care Centre, was presented with an Extra Mile Award 2016 for Best Partnership Working, open to all 4,500 staff at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

Judges heard how Helen volunteered to lead a pilot project, in partnership with Derbyshire GPs and NHS commissioners, which successfully improved the prescribing of continence appliances, catheter care and infection control.

She was nominated for the award by lead nurse Denise Sanderson, who said: “Helen has worked tirelessly to improve catheter care and also to save valuable resources.

“Whilst undertaking this work Helen has been able to identify improvements and has worked closely with community colleagues to put measures in place to improve patient care and to reduce the risk of infection.

“Helen’s work has resulted in significant cost savings through reviewing appliance prescriptions and amending to more appropriate products, which is important in a NHS where every penny counts.

“Helen is passionate about good catheter care, she is an excellent teacher and is a valuable asset to our trust, our team, our commissioners, other health care professionals and most of all for patients, their families and carers.”

Speaking about her award Helen, who has been in her current role for 15 years, said: “Receiving this award is wonderful.

“It’s also another way of bringing the continence service to people’s attention.”