Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Swansea Bay UHB, UK

I have had the privilege of working in Swansea Bay Neonatal Unit for the last 16 years. I graduated from Swansea University in 2005 with a Bachelor Degree in Childrens Nursing, working on the Neonatal unit for the next 5 years before leading onto my Master’s Degree in Advanced Clinical Practice in 2010. After qualifying as an ANNP I worked on the tier 1 rota until 2014, and then I went onto tier 2 rota. During this time, I have been heavily involved in two large quality improvement initiatives, the 1st was iNICU – Managing antibiotics wisely which was shortlisted for a BAPM award, won the NHS Awards in 2017 and had a publication in BMJ, we were able to reduce antiobiotic usage rates by 48% which has consistently been sustained over the years. The 2nd was SRC, this was also shortlisted for a BAPM award, both Steph and I were shortlisted for a BAPM GOPI Menon award – supporting the perinatal Team and received a Certificate for celebrating excellence – making a difference. This paper has been submitted for publication to Achieves of disease in childhood 2020 – Implementation of an adapted sepsis risk calculator algorithm to reduce antibiotic usage in the management of EOS – a multicentre initiative in Wales. My next new QI project is regarding Delayed cord clamping which will launch shortly where I am co-lead. Alongside the QI projects and clinical duties, I also take a more managerial role in developing and organising the day to day running of the medical rota and have recently become an active part of the managerial team for Risk Management. Alongside work I enjoy spending time with my family, two dogs and renovating our new home.