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POPS nursing team

 

Jason Cross 

Jason Cross, clinical nurse specialist

Job title: advanced nurse practitioner and nurse lead 
Tel: 020 7188 2092
Email: jason.cross@gstt.nhs.uk   

Biography 

Since qualifying as a staff nurse, Jason's career focus has centred on surgical patients. He has worked within trauma and orthopaedics and joined Guy's and St Thomas' in 2002 in the orthopaedic pre-admission clinic. Jason was one of the leading practitioners involved in developing and implementing the nurse led orthopaedic pre-assessment service. This model of care is now used in the Trust's central pre-operative assessment clinics.

Jason joined the POPS team in 2008 and divides his time between outpatient clinics and the wards. He works in the 'one stop shop' nurse-led clinic for colorectal patients and on the wards he liaises with the surgical teams, providing specialist nursing and medical advice for patients over the age of 65.

Jason also has input into medical student training and is a regular speaker on the surgical pre-assessment process for the anaesthetic department.

Specialist interests

Elderly care surgical patient liaison on the wards:

  • management of the surgical patient with complex medical co-morbidities
  • pre-operative comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) of the surgical patient
  • staff education focusing on older patients needs in hospital.

Education 

  • Queen Mary's University Hospital (1993)
  • Independent nurse prescribing (2010)
  • Independent nurse practice BSc (2011)
  • Post graduate diploma – gerontology (2013)

Ffion Pritchard 

Ffion pritchard

Job title: clinical nurse specialist
Tel: 020 7188 2092 or 020 7188 8617
Email: ffion.pritchard@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography 

Since qualifying Ffion has worked on general surgery wards both in north Wales and London. She began working as a senior staff nurse on the gastro-intestinal unit at St Thomas' Hospital in 2012 then joined the POPS team in 2014. She divides her time between outpatient clinics and the wards using comprehensive geriatric assessment to support patients.

Ffion's original role was setting up and establishing the POPS service within gynaecology surgery. Following that, she spent time providing POPS support in elective orthopaedics and vascular surgery. Her current focus is the integration of the POPS service into cardiothoracic surgery.

Ffion is a member of the trust dementia and delirium committee and presents at national conferences. 

Education 

  • Nursing practice (RN) BSc - University of Wales, Bangor (2008)
  • Acutely ill and high dependency patient module, Kings College London (2013)
  • Advanced assessment for non medical practitioners, Kings College London (2015)
  • Prescribing for nurses and midwives, Kings College London (2017)

Specialist interests

  • Dementia and delirium
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment of older surgical patients

anne-jayne-brienAnne Jayne Brien

Job title: Clinical nurse specialist
Tel: 020 7188 2092
Email: annejayne.brien@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography 

Anne Jayne qualified as a Nurse in 2005, worked at Imperial NHS trust, working across multiple surgical specialities (including trauma, cardiac, endoscopy, HDU and CICU) before joining Guy's and St Thomas' in 2013 as a central pre-operative assessment nurse. Once she heard about POPS and the service provided she had a keen interest to join the team and finally did in 2017.

In POPS she has worked in Gynaecology and GI and is currently part of the trauma orthopaedic team, inputting the data for the NHFD and is in the process of developing at pathway to reduce length of stay with the ortho MDT. She also assesses patient in outpatients, optimising them for elective surgery.

Specialist interests

Elderly care surgical patient liaison on the wards:

  • management of the surgical patient with complex medical co-morbidities
  • pre-operative comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) of the surgical patient
  • staff education focusing on older patients needs in hospital.
  • improving patient outcomes – reducing length of stay, supporting and developing staff on wards.

Education 

  • Dip HE Nursing Adult (2005) 
  • BSc (Hons) adult (2008)
  • Advanced assessment for non-medical practitioners 2015, Kings College London (2017)

Research

  • An observational study to describe postoperative functional trajectories in older women undergoing Gynae-Oncology surgery
  • PQIP

An observational study to describe postoperative functional trajectories in older women undergoing Cardiothoracic surgery


Dominique Woods

Job title: clinical nurse specialist
Email: dominique.woods@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography 

Dominique qualified as nurse in 2008. Her career started at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton within the digestive diseases unit. She is experienced in managing complex medical and surgical patients, shift leading and managing a team of nurses. 

She joined Guy's and St Thomas' in 2017 as a colorectal nurse practitioner, where she developed the knowledge and skills required for advanced nursing practice.

With a keen interest in the medical management of perioperative older patients and great admiration for POPS, she joined the team in 2021 to predominately support the vascular service at St Thomas' Hospital. 

Education 

  • DipHe adult nursing (2008)
  • Care of the acutely ill adult (2010)
  • Mentorship (2012)
  • Advanced assessment skills for non-medical practitioners (2018)
  • Independent nurse prescribing (2019)

Specialist interests

  • Perioperative management of patients undergoing major surgery, with a particular focus in colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal failure
  • Management of complex, multi-morbid patients, working between specialist teams, patients and relatives
  • Staff education

Research

  • Quality improvement project: introducing a standardised referral form for the Surgical Assessment Unit (2017)

 

kayleigh-xavierKayleigh Xavier

Job title: Deputy clinical nurse specialist
Tel: 020 7188 2092
Email: kayleigh.xavier@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography 

Since qualifying in 2007, Kayleigh has worked at Bart's Heath as a staff nurse, gaining experience in respiratory medicine and then cardiothoracic high dependency. Kayleigh then moved to Guy's and St Thomas' to work in post-operative recovery area and then as senior staff nurse on a general surgical ward.

Kayleigh left her senior staff nurse position on a busy general surgery ward to join the POPS team who she had worked alongside up until then in 2017.

Kayleigh's role in the POPS team consists of proactive identification of emergency and elective surgical older patients, participating in weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings and optimising medical management of gynaecology surgical patients. Kayleigh also participates in pre-optimisation of older adult being considered for surgical intervention/investigation under general anaesthetic.  

Kayleigh enjoys interacting with patient at different stages of their journey and uses comprehensive assessment to facilitate positive experiences for the older person and their family whether meeting them in clinic until their journey home.

Education 

  • Dip HE in adult nursing, City University (2007)
  • Mentorship and sign off mentor, City University (2013)
  • High dependency core module, City University (2014)
  • Clinical leadership, London South Bank University (2017)

Audit, research and poster presentations

  • Coordination and recruitment of patients into post-cardiac surgery functional trajectories in older surgical patients
  • AAA and BGS poster submission "postoperative delirium following cardiothoracic surgery: a nursing perspective" May 2018
  • Data collection and assessment for the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit

Specialist interests

  • Medical optimisation of older people
  • Gynaecology surgery and general surgery
  • Shared decision making
  • Research in emergency surgery and national audits