20th January 2021

Nurse from Musgrove Park Hospital wins prestigious Mölnlycke Wound Award

A Macmillan Specialist Radiographer from Musgrove Park Hospital has been highly commended for Innovations in Service Development in the 2015 Mölnlycke Health Care Wound Academy awards.

MoInlycke award photo - Dr David Foster from the Department of Health and Joan Sweeney
Pictured is: Dr David Foster, ‎Director of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit at the Department of Health, presenting Joan Sweeney, Macmillan Specialist Radiographer with her award.

The award winners were announced at a celebratory event, which took place at the Royal Opera House, London on the 27th May 2015. Special guest, Dr David Foster, ‎Director of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Policy Unit at the Department of Health presented Joan, who works in the Beacon Centre, with her award.

Joan’s entry undertook a critical evaluation of the role of the on-treatment review radiographer, as part of a skill-mix review. The evaluation showed a 37% increase in radiographer-led reviews. This was partly explained by improved activity capture and the growth in confidence of the clinical oncologists in allowing the review team to manage toxicities on their behalf.

The evaluation provided insight into the available resources and gaps in local services, inspiring Musgrove Park Hospital to participate in regional education to address these gaps.
As a result, simple Grade 1 reviews will be undertaken by radiographers during the course of treatment, with more complex reviews being undertaken by a Macmillan Late Effects consultant. Furthermore, it has led to a reduction in the number of patients returning for oncology follow-up, making it more cost-effective for the hospital. Information provision and care plans have been redesigned and are now forwarded to GP’s to better inform them of expected acute and late effects, resulting in fewer primary care appointments for the patient.

Babette Fuller, Directorate Manager for the Haematology, Oncology and Palliative care service (HOPE), said:

“We are incredibly proud of Joan’s award and her research and evaluation within this project will hugely benefit patients, as well as help towards saving the hospital money. We have a wealth of passionate and dedicated staff working within the Beacon Centre and it’s very special when they are recognised for all the hard work they do on a daily basis.”

Now in its 14th year, the Wound Academy scholarship and awards celebrate health care professionals working within wound care management for innovation within wound care practice. Winners of the scholarship benefit from a bursary and mentorship through the academy, enabling them to continue personal and professional development.