Specialist Nursing Posts funded by the CCHF
Over the years, the CCHF has funded a number of nursing posts, believing that more of our highly skilled and caring nurses enhance the quality of the service we can offer.
The CCHF funds a number of innovative specialist nursing posts, supplementing the service that can be given to patients by the NHS. We believe our staff are the biggest asset we have and the patients receiving treatment in the CCHU seem to agree.
From 2006 to 2018 we funded a specialist nurse who had skills in inserting and removing the indwelling, intravenous lines sometimes necessary for giving complex chemotherapy. She supported and trained others in this valuable service which has now been absorbed into the standard care of the hospital.
From 2010 to 2015 the charity funded a practice development nurse who provided leadership, expert advice and continuous support for all our specialist nurses. She also provided further education and training for nursing staff elsewhere in the hospital who come in touch with our patients, especially during chemotherapy treatment. She played an important role in strengthening partnerships with different educational services such as local universities and other organizations. This innovative post has now been absorbed and funded elsewhere within the trust.
Since 2016 the CCHF has funded a specialist bone marrow transplant nurse – the initial 18 months paid by the Freemasons Community Fund who awarded the CCHF a £25,000 grant. Bone Marrow Transplantation is an intensive treatment increasingly used for patients with serious blood problems, and the extra hours of nursing support for them and their families have been invaluable in taking them safely through this difficult procedure.
In 2018 the CCHF agreed to fund a training chemotherapy nurse post to be shared between ward 5 and the CCHU.