Hwyel Dda University Health Board
Qualifying in 1998 in my native country of Wales, I have worked in the speciality of Day Surgery for 23 years. Currently I hold the position of Senior Nurse Manager for day surgery and pre assessment services covering the 4 General Hospitals within Hywel Dda University Health Board. Prior to this I was Senior Sister in day surgery for 19 years, responsible for developing our day surgery services within the guidelines and protocols of the British Association of Day Surgery in Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire. During this time, I also gained my BSc degree in nursing studies in 2004 at Swansea University.
I worked briefly in Cardiff University Hospital in their Ambulatory Care Unit. This gave me valuable experience and provided me with the foundation required for me to develop the day surgery services we have in Hywel Dda University Health Board today.
I have also been involved in developing new nursing documentation specific for day surgery. This is currently being used throughout our Health Board in the day surgery units. I also developed our Nurse Led Discharge protocol, which is fundamental in the success of any day surgery unit.
I developed a Day Case Trauma Pathway along with my Orthopaedic and Pre-Assessment colleagues. This proved to be invaluable and improved the efficiency of the trauma pathway leading to greater patient satisfaction, less impact on inpatient beds and reducing length of stay.
Since becoming a co- opted member of BADS in 2015, a full member in 2018 and then becoming part of the conference team I have learnt so much in the field of Day Surgery. I have become more confident through the knowledge I have gained. I have had articles published during my time on BADS Council and feel proud of this achievement.
I continue to work to drive day surgery forward both locally in Wales and nationally. It is so important during these times not to lose focus and strive to promote day surgery as the way forward in delivering and achieving our targets and goals within the healthcare setting. I am proud to be part of BADS and what the association stands for.