New training initiative helps trauma nurses

Left to right in the attached picuture are:  Sister Rachel Heely, staff nurse Amy Thatcher, Dr Jackie Gregson with A&E consultant colleague Jac Hardcastle and staff nurse Lisa Stewart.
Left to right in the attached picuture are: Sister Rachel Heely, staff nurse Amy Thatcher, Dr Jackie Gregson with A&E consultant colleague Jac Hardcastle and staff nurse Lisa Stewart.

A&E nurses in the county are among the first in the region to benefit from new specialist training aimed at helping nurses care for trauma patients.

The bespoke training programme, developed by A&E specialists at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, aims to help nurses understand their role working with A&E consultants to manage and care for trauma patients.

More than 50 A&E nurses from Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals have benefitted from the training, which they have put into practice in a wide range of trauma situations.

Dr Jackie Gregson, A&E consultant at Wansbeck General Hospital and chair of the Northern Trauma Network Clinical Advisory Group, worked with A&E sister Rachel Heeley and nurse practitioner Ian Joy and other colleagues to develop the course.

She said: “When dealing with trauma, nurses have a really important role to play and one which should never be underestimated.

“It is vital that our nursing staff feel confident in trauma situations, not only so they can pre-empt the doctor’s next move, but also so they can quickly administer treatment and have necessary equipment to hand.

“In Northumberland, we see many elderly patients at A&E seriously unwell who we would class as trauma patients and also a lot of trauma cases due to the nature of the rural area we serve – people who have sustained serious injuries from outdoor activities.”