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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 

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Job title: clinical nurse specialist
Tel: 0207 188 2092 or 020 718 8617
Mobile: 07583 842944

Biography 

Since qualifying, Ffion has worked on general surgery wards both in north Wales and London. She has experience in vascular, urology and breast surgery but took a particular interest in gastrointestinal surgery. She began working as a senior staff nurse on the gastro-intestinal unit at St Thomas' Hospital in 2012 and joined the POPS team in November 2014.

Ffion's original role in POPS focused on the integration of the POPS team into the gynaecology service at Guy's and St Thomas'. This involved the care of surgical gynaecology patients from clinic to discharge, utilising comprehensive assessment to support the patient throughout the surgical pathway.

After establishing the POPS service within gynaecology, Ffion is now focusing her in-patient work in elective orthopaedics and urology at Guy's Hospital, as well as assessing out-patients in POPS clinic. Alongside that, she will be taking over the management and mentorship of the deputy CNSs in the team, as well as talking in national conferences. 

Education 

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

Specialist interests

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

anne-jayne-brienAnne Jayne Brien

Job title: Clinical nurse specialist
Tel: 0207 188 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


kayleigh-xavierKayleigh Xavier

Job title: Deputy clinical nurse specialist
Tel: 0207 188 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