Better Care

The healing power of community nursing

Children’s nurse Jamie Wyton believes moving from an acute role in intensive care to the community Trust has helped revitalise his career.

Based at Lansdowne Medical Centre in Winson Green he is part of a team of children’s community and palliative care nurses.

His role involves treating children who need a range of support, including post-operative and palliative care in their homes. Support for children’s families is also an important part of the role

Jamie spent two years working in intensive care before deciding to apply for his current job to further his career.

He says working in the community has helped him rediscover the reasons he enjoys nursing.

“I appreciated my time in intensive care and the things I learned, though as well as being very, very busy it can sometimes feel a bit robotic and repetitive,” he explains.

“At the end of the day you hand over the responsibility to someone else.

“Working in the community means I have more time to spend caring for children and getting to know them and their families which is one of the reasons I came into nursing.

“I love seeing children in their own environment rather than a hospital because it means you get to see the real child. For some that means they don’t stop talking!”

Developing a personal relationship with patients and their families allows a more holistic approach to care, says Jamie.

“My role is about so much more than just visiting someone to take some blood or other ‘one-off’ clinical duties.

“You build up a rapport with people. That’s especially true with boys because I’m a male nurse.

“I often spend time talking about football or computer games with them.

“I find that means they are more likely to open up and tell you if they are worried about something and you can give them advice and support.”

Jamie likes the responsibility and variety of his role, which sees him work Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm plus one weekend each month. He also spends 24 hours on call between four and six times each month.

Jamie, who travels across the city visiting patients, says: “The job involves so much variety.

“Birmingham’s such a diverse city that one visit could be to a multi-million pound home and the next a small house with a large family.

“In the community you have to rely on your own experience, clinical knowledge and judgement more, which I enjoy.”

Jamie feels that joining Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust has allowed him to develop his career.

With the support of management he has enrolled on a Nurse Prescribing course with the University of Worcester which can be used towards a Masters qualification.

Jamie says: “I’m lucky to have a job where I’m encouraged to progress. The Trust and my managers are really supportive of my learning.”

This is something that is particularly important to Jamie because he was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 31.

So how would he sum up his role as a children’s community nurse?

“I love my job. It’s amazing and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

Jamie Wyton