A matron from Spalding has participated in a pioneering scheme that aims to improve care for older people.
Kim Barr, who works for the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital, was joined by 20 other nurse leaders from across the country in completing the pioneering scheme that saw them become the first group of Older Person’s Nurse Fellows.
Speaking about the scheme, Kim said: “It has allowed for a platform to highlight the importance of identifying frailty and improving quality of care for older persons, something that is becoming increasingly important with our aging population.”
The Older Person’s Nurse Fellowship, sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), was launched in November 2014 and aims to develop a group of nurse leaders with recognised expertise in care of older people, with the hope they will drive change and influence national strategy and policy.
The group were congratulated for their work by senior nursing officials at a special event held at the House of Lords.
Kim and the other fellows were hosted at the event by Baroness Sally Greengross in recognition of the importance of driving quality of care for older people through investing in nurse education.
Speaking about the day, Kim said: “It was a wonderful experience, to be selected to speak in such an historic venue on a topic that I am incredibly passionate about.”