A Sheffield nurse has been nominated for a prestigious award for shaping and improving nurse-led care and making life better for patients.
Kaye Drew, an advanced capsule endoscopy practitioner at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, has been shortlisted by the Nursing Times for the Nurse of the Year Award.
She is one of only seven nurses in the country to be put forward for the honour.
Kaye helped set up one of the largest centres in Europe using easy-to-swallow pill cameras to diagnose bowel problems.
She was the first nurse in the country – and possibly the world – to provide independent advice on capsule endoscopy. She has written nursing protocols and information leaflets, so that other centres across the UK can develop their own services.
Kay said that the systems in place at Sheffield ‘provide positive and timely experience to patients who would otherwise be undergoing highly unpleasant tests’.
She said she is ‘delighted’ at her nomination.
“Nurses have been asked to work in different ways, so I’m delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious award,” she said.
“Improving treatment and care for patients is vital, and Sheffield has very much led the way in developing capsule endoscopy services.
“Our pioneering service has reduced waiting times, and I personally read and report on the majority of capsule endoscopy procedures in the largest centre in Europe, so I’m privileged that our work has been recognised in these prestigious awards.”
The Nursing Times Award winners will be announced on October 29.