Nurse wins award for improving patient care within IV therapy

A nurse from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has won an award for her work to improve care for patients receiving intravenous (IV) therapy.

Jan Hitchcock, vascular access lead nurse at the Trust, won the British Journal of Nursing “Rising Star in IV therapy award” for her work to introduce a non-touch technique when administering IV therapies.  

Jan and her team also introduced a training programme to teach other healthcare professionals how to insert a special device used for patients receiving chemotherapy and those with poor vascular access.  

Jan said:  “I am very humbled to be the recipient of the award. There is no "I” in team and without my own team, the wider infection control team and the line safety management group this would have not been possible. It is very gratifying to have my hard work recognised by peers.”

Professor Janice Sigsworth, director of nursing at the Trust said: “I am delighted that Jan’s hard work has been recognised by the British Journal of Nursing.  Her approach to IV therapy is always about ensuring the safety of patients while delivering the highest level of care.”