Former ARC Fellow Kate Spence, has been awarded one of the highest honours of her profession. Kate, a nurse who has led her team at East Coast Community Healthcare to provide care for residents in their own homes in Lowestoft and worked to improve care for the elderly in local care homes has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service by The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
As well as her dedication to supporting community nurses, Kate has been commended for her use of research evidence to improve patient care. Under her leadership, ECCH has developed a skin tear pathway for care homes, which has received national recognition, being introduced in 90 care homes across Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
After gaining a research fellowship last year to examine issues around pain and dementia, Kate will continue to work with local care homes to improve pain assessment and management.
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