Nurse Emma Williamson short-listed for award
Out of 700 nominations, nurse Emma Williamson has remarkably managed to be short-listed to the last five finalists for a prestigious award.
Emma works at the Angel Hill Surgery in Bury St Edmunds as a practice nurse manager.
Of the five finalists, the Angel Hill Surgery is the only doctors surgery short-listed – other finalists included, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol Community Health and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
Emma said all other finalists were from big trusts.
The award nomination comes from the Royal College of Nursing for Emma’s work in improving wound care in the category ‘Wound Prevention and Treatment Award’.
The final award will be decided on Wednesday, July 3, in an annual ceremony in London.
Emma, who lives in Fornham All Saints, said: “The Royal College of Nursing annual awards is broken down into different areas. The partners put me forward.”
She has transformed the management of leg ulcers, increasing the number of healed wounds, improving patient experience and freeing up time for community and practice nurses.
Emma also made a case for a Doppler machine – a non-invasive test that can be used to estimate the blood flow through your blood vessels – and arranged training for nurses on leg ulcer management.
Her weekly holistic clinic includes taking bloods, a Doppler study, referrals to weight loss and smoking cessation services and leg washing and dressing.
The reduction in leg ulcers has saved 16 hours of nursing time per week, and the cost of supplies has fallen.
Emma said: “I found out when I was on holiday, it topped what was already an amazing holiday.
“It has been a team effort if the team didn’t follow the guidelines and hadn’t all worked together it wouldn’t be working. It was a team effort, that the clinic is an actual success.”
On Tuesday, Emma presented to judges how the clinic had improved and how she had enhanced patient care.
Emma trained in West Suffolk Hospital in Bury and designed the care plan herself.
She has three children and her 15-year-old daughter, Macy, said that that she thought her mum was amazing and her hero.