Date: 06 July 2018
Professor Heather Jarman, Consultant Nurse for Emergency Care and CRN South London Speciality Group Lead for Injuries and Emergencies, has won the RCNi Emergency Nursing Award.
She was recognised for her work in building a flourishing research unit in the Emergency Department at St George’s Hospital, which has grown from a non-research site to a site attracting approaches from international research teams in just five years.
The unit has now expanded to a team of four nurses and a research fellow. Emergency Nurses at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust also have the opportunity to become active in research, recruiting patients and doing follow-ups. As part of generating a research culture, Professor Jarman’s team even have student nurses on placement alongside research nurses in the Emergency Department. Professor Jarman said:
“I am delighted to have won the RCNi Emergency Nursing Award. This award is recognition for all of the hard work that has been done by my team in helping to make research a normal part of care in the Emergency Department at St George’s Hospital.
“Everyone has worked really hard – we recruited our first patient in November 2013, and since then we’ve recruited over 1,200 patients from the Emergency Department into multiple studies. Staff across the unit are aware of the studies that are open to recruitment and integrate research with the care they delivery.”
She trains and mentors novice researchers, and supports consultants and nurses to enable them to become principal investigators.
Recruitment into Injuries and Emergencies studies has some particular difficulties including the recruitment of non-consenting patient, where patients can’t give consent due to incapacity. These studies require carrying out follow ups and consent interviews after the event and this can be quite challenging. Other complexities include difficulties with study design and these obstacles are some of the reasons the portfolio of Injuries and Emergencies studies is small.
An average of 58 patients per month are recruited into Injuries and Emergencies studies, but also into other areas, such as the Children specialty through the Emergency Department. Professor Jarman said:
“Thanks to the CRN South London for their continued support. I rely on the commercial team at the CRN to tell me about studies coming up. We have used the CRN to support our delivery model and that’s been essential; we wouldn’t be in the position we are in now without their contingency and core funding.”
CRN South London Deputy Chief Operating Officer Clare Meachin said: “I’d like to congratulate our Speciality Group Lead for Injuries and Emergencies, Professor Heather Jarman, on her winning the RCNi Nurse Awards Emergency Nursing Award.
“Heather’s work has transformed research delivery within St George’s Hospital’s A&E Department, and as Specialty Group Lead she has worked with our Partners to facilitate research throughout South London.
“The unit’s growing reputation among international research teams, and particularly throughout South London is testament to her success. Well done Heather!”
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