10th October 2017 – Rheumatology Nurse at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust highly commended in charity awards
Kelly Hayes-Head, Senior Rheumatology Nurse at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has received Highly Commended in the Patients’ Choice Awards from the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS). The awards were voted for online by patients who nominated health care professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The awards also mark the 40th anniversary of NASS by recognising good practice around the UK.
Kelly Hayes-Head received highly commended for ‘Best Care provided by a Rheumatology Nurse’. Patients felt Kelly went out of her way to provide excellent care to her AS patients.
“Kelly is really friendly and will always listen and help. She cares about patients very much.”
“She is an exceptional individual. She is so caring and always gives great advice. It is obvious that Kelly enjoys her job and always goes over and above to help. Kelly is a great person and her efforts need recognising!”
Debbie Cook, NASS Chief Executive said:
“At NASS we often hear about the wonderful work of rheumatology nurses in supporting people with AS. Kelly’s award is a fine example of a nurse going above and beyond to support her patients.”
Kelly will receive her award on 2 November at the Houses of Parliament where NASS will be launching the next round of their AS it is campaign Patient Voice & Patient Choice.
She had no idea that she had been nominated for the award and said: “I was amazed, very proud and emotional. It was a complete surprise that from all the rheumatology nurses in the country that I was chosen from our small district hospital based in West Yorkshire.
“We have a great small team looking after around 2,000 patients and our service is developing all the time. We are always keen to try new ideas and ways of working which will make it a better experience for our patients.”
AS is a form of inflammatory arthritis which mainly affects the spine. It is a painful, progressive, long term condition which can have a major impact on the lives of those who have it and those around them. There is no cure for AS, instead anti inflammatory medication combined with regular physiotherapy and exercise are the cornerstones of treatment. Around 200,000 people in the UK have AS, with symptoms tending to first appear during late teens or early twenties. AS is a life-long condition.
The current average delay to diagnosis for AS in the UK is eight and a half years; Patient Voice & Patient Choice is a parliamentary campaign to raise awareness of the condition but also to ask MPs to pledge to help to reduce this delay by working with their local NHS Trusts.