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City student nurse wins Tower Hamlets education award

Lesley Goddard wins award for her extraordinary impact on patient care

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Lesley Goddard, a current BSc (Hons) Primary Care Practice Nurse in the School of Health Sciences, has been awarded the Tower Hamlets Community Education Provider Network Learner of the Year education award for her extraordinary impact on patient care in the London borough.

Working as a practice nurse in a busy practice in Bow, many of Lesley’s clinics are devoted to care of patients with long-term conditions including diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, chronic heart disease and hypertension.

In particular, Lesley was awarded for her work around diabetes. Related to a module she had taken on the condition at City as part of the BSc (Hons) Primary Care (Practice Nursing), Lesley had noticed that preconception care for women with type 2 diabetes was lacking both within her practice and at borough level. As a result, she wrote a protocol for the care of these women for use in her practice and also shared it at the Network Nurses' Away Day.

Following this up, Lesley also emailed the organisers of the training days run by the Clinical Effectiveness Group based at Queen Mary University about this topic, copying in the consultant who runs the antenatal clinic for women with diabetes, and who was keen for awareness to be widened in primary care. As a result a teaching session was included in the next diabetes study day, which is open to all primary care clinicians in Tower Hamlets.

Speaking about the award, Lesley said:

“This award was an enormous encouragement to me because it helped me realise that what I had done had made a difference to others and had been welcomed as a contribution to improving the healthcare we all work so hard to provide.

“I have been a student at City University on the BSc (Hons) Primary Care (Practice Nursing) since September 2014 and before this I undertook the Chronic Heart Disease course as a stand-alone module in January 2014. I count it an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to have done this study. The lectures and the interactions with other students have helped me to think about my work in a fresh way. I have so much enjoyed the challenge of academic writing and have found the modules which directly relate to my daily work with patients very effective in helping me to increase my skills and clarify and expand my knowledge.

“As practice nurses it is possible to feel that a lot of the work we do is done alone and goes unnoticed, in spite of a great team within the practice and network. Being part of this event and receiving an award certainly affirmed to me that I am part of a wide, supportive and encouraging family of care providers.”

Lesley also published her first article in 2015 with support from Marie Hill from City University London and Anne Morton, one of her mentors in Tower Hamlets GP Care Group. In addition, Lesley's poster titled “The role of the nurse in post myocardial infarction care” came second at the Issues and Answers in Cardiovascular Disease: making best practice, everyday practice conference in Nottingham last year.

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