Heart failure nurse wins national award from charity

Carys Barton, a consultant nurse in heart failure at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, has won a Roy Award from the Pumping Marvellous Foundation in recognition of her outstanding contribution to heart failure services.

The Roy Award is an annual award presented to an individual ‘who has demonstrated excellence in heart failure care. The award reflects the direct impact the person has had on the heart failure community, while producing the highest standards of care for their patients’.

Carys said of her role and the award: “I work with an amazing team of heart failure specialists at the Trust who deliver the highest standards of care, both in out of hospital. I started working at the Trust four weeks before the first Covid-19 lockdown, three years ago. It was a rapid induction, but I haven’t looked back – I work with the best people and have the best job. My goal is to ensure equitable, consistent, and excellent standards of care for people living with heart failure.

“Being able to support people living with heart failure and their families is incredibly rewarding. It is an absolute privilege to build the uniquely special relationships we have with people while being able to make a significant difference to their lives. That is why being recognised by The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, which is the largest heart failure charity for patients (led by patients), is such an incredible honour. There can be no greater award than one bestowed by those we are here to help; I am humbled but so very proud that they chose to give me the Roy award.”

Carys is a heart failure nurse consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and has worked at the Trust for three years. She is current deputy chair of the British Society for Heart Failure and junior secretary of British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care and committee member of the British Geriatric Society Cardiovascular Special Interest Group, steering committee member of the Heart Failure Policy Network and a member of the Cardiorenal Scientific Committee. She is also a guest lecturer of heart failure masters modules at Glasgow Caledonian University and Keele University.