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Renal nurse received Nurse of the Year award

Tricia Sutherland a Renal Supportive Care Nurse has been awarded the Nurse of

the Year from the British Journal of Nursing following a nomination from her

colleagues.

Tricia has worked as a staff nurse within the renal unit at University Hospital

Crosshouse for 10 years. In 2019, she began a two-year secondment as Renal

Supportive Care Nurse funded by Kidney Care UK. The creation of this post was

essential to the maintenance and development of the Renal Supportive Care Service

within NHS Ayrshire & Arran.


Tricia said, “In my role as a Renal Supportive Care Nurse I provide supportively,

palliative and end of life care for people with the advance/end-stage kidney disease. I

feel the most important aspect of my role is patient contact. Being able to listen,

support, advice has been greatly appreciated by patients and their families.”


“I am extremely delighted to have been nominated and to have won the Nurse of the

Year award from British Journal of Nursing. It has made me feel valued and recognised

for my contribution to the development of the Renal Supportive Care service and

inspired me to continue with the development of the service.”


Jennifer Wilson, Interim Deputy Nurse Director added, “We are extremely proud of

Tricia.  Being nominated and winning this award is a true recognition of the support

and care she offers patients and their families and her work is appreciated by so

many across the organisation.”


During Tricia’s secondment period her main focus has been the development and

implementation of a Renal Supportive Care referral pathway and Future Care

Planning also known as Anticipatory Care Planning. The COVID-19 pandemic has

highlighted the importance and need for Future Care Planning for patients who are

clinically extremely vulnerable.

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