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Pioneering nurse based at Wycombe Hospital adds Windrush Award to her achievements

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A pioneering nurse based at Wycombe Hospital has won the rising star innovation category at the NHS70 Windrush Awards.

Cardiology nurse consultant and nurse angiographer, Ghazala Yasin (pictured above), won the rising star innovation category at the NHS70 Windrush Awards ceremony held on Tuesday 12th June 2018 held Manchester.

Ghazala won her award for helping establish and trail blaze the role of nurse angiographer. Ghazala is one of only a few nurse angiographers in the UK.

Angiography is a type of X-ray used to check the blood vessels and how blood flows through them.

The rising star innovation category, sponsored by NHS Digital, recognises innovations which have led to improvements in healthcare; that have led to improved experience and outcomes for patients, users of services or carers.

Ghazala said: ‘I am delighted to have won the rising star innovation award at the NHS70 Windrush Awards ceremony. It was an exceptional evening. A huge thank you to everyone that voted for me and to everyone at Buckinghamshire Healthcare who enabled me to do this work.

Ghazala’s personal development and achievements have made it possible for other nurses to become angiographers. By conducting a study into how nurse-led angiography compared to angiography led by doctors in training, in terms of safety, efficacy and quality, she identified the barriers to setting up a nurse-led service, developed a governance system and estimated the benefits to patients and value to the Trust.

Through her study and her own experience, she has developed a set of competencies which now provide a blueprint for future nurse angiographers. Ghazala is now training doctors to perform angiograms.

Her efforts and hard work in becoming a nurse angiographer have benefitted both patients and staff by reducing cancellations, alleviating the workload of doctors and enabling the cardiac team to maximize the Trust’s busy catheter laboratory.

Neil Macdonald, Chief Executive for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, says: ‘Ghazala winning the rising star innovation category is a testament to her hard work and determination.

She absolutely deserves this award. Ghazala is a vital part of our cutting edge cardiac service, which we are very proud of and which is one of our big 7 things we are celebrating over the coming weeks for NHS70.

Ghazala will be leading a nurse angiography study day in October 2018 to share her achievements with other nurses who are keen to develop their roles.

The Windrush 70 awards are part of the 70th birthday celebrations of the NHS and shine a light on the contributions of black and minority ethnic (BME) to the NHS, from the Windrush generation of 1948, the south Asian arrivals in the 1960s and 70s, to the 202 nationalities represented in the workforce today.

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