Meet Faye, Team Manager and Specialist Respiratory Nurse | Bristol Community Health Careers Bristol Community Health


Team Manager and Specialist Respiratory Nurse

“Everyone is busy but never too busy to help each other out.”

  • Tell us about your role. What do you get up to on a typical day/week?

    I work both clinically and in a managerial capacity so I split my working week across the two roles. As a specialist Respiratory nurse I can work across all 3 services in a typical week, this includes:

    • Hospital at Home (Admission avoidance) – Providing safe and evidence based care in the patient’s home when they are experiencing an acute exacerbation of their respiratory condition.

    • Home oxygen – Carrying out new assessments for long term oxygen and ambulatory therapy. Taking and interpreting arterial blood gases and prescribing appropriate oxygen equipment.

    • Pulmonary rehabilitation – Providing assessment for suitability in a clinic environment and leading the 5 week activity and education programme.

    Alongside my clinical role I manage the day to day running of the team, I ensure the team is achieving performance targets; we are working within our budget and staff feel supported in their roles.

  • What’s the best thing about working in the community? What made you choose this kind of work?

    I have worked in the community since qualifying as a nurse in 2007; working in various community teams from District nursing to Prison nursing and currently in the Community Respiratory service. I knew the hospital setting wasn’t for me. I enjoy the opportunities and autonomy working in the community provides. Seeing patients in their own home provides a better picture of their overall health needs and you work closely with other health, social and wellbeing services.

  • Describe the working culture here?

    Everyone is busy but never too busy to help each other out.

  • What do you think makes someone successful here?

    Flexibility and a problem solver – in the community setting sometimes you just don’t know what the day has in store for you. Be prepared to change your day, what is sometimes a 5 minute task can lead to much more. Community staff are often the back stop for all healthcare provision, we care for some of the most complex patients in a non-healthcare setting which can often require the clinician to provide solutions in a timely manner.

  • Tell us about the learning and development and career progression opportunities?

    BCH are committed to providing both clinical and managerial learning opportunities, this is offered in both internal and university accredited courses. I have completed a SPQ in District Nursing and am currently undertaking a Masters in Specialist Practice whilst working for BCH.

    Appraisals carried out twice a year are opportunities to discuss career progression and formulate achievable goals. Secondments are often available which allows staff to work and understand the roles in other teams, widening people’s career opportunities and experiences.

  • What’s the most rewarding thing about your role?

    Having a respiratory condition and not being able to control their breathlessness can be a scary time, having the skills and knowledge to be able to work with the patient to find solutions to help manage this is extremely rewarding. This part of my role can help to reduce hospital admissions, ensure medication optimisation and provide a better quality of life.

  • What do you think patients would say about the service you provide?

    When patients are experiencing an acute COPD exacerbation they tell us they feel safe being cared for in their own homes. Where possible, most patients don’t wish to go into hospital. Our Pulmonary Rehab service can help patients to achieve activity goals, reduce their breathlessness and encourage self-management of their long term condition. The Thank You cards we receive help to remind us why we provide this service!

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