RCBC Wales PhD student, Cheryl Phillips (Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan) was awarded second prize for her poster presentation at the Chief Nursing Officer’s conference held at the SWALEC Centre, Sophia Gardens on 15th March.
Cheryl’s poster highlighted her PhD study; the use of patient diaries in critical care. The research is being conducted in conjunction with nursing and medical staff at Aneurin Bevan Health Board. The poster was entitled “Establishing patient views of diaries: altering the boundaries of critical care” and was submitted by Cheryl Phillips, Amanda Hale, Tracey Rich and Louise Parfitt who developed the Royal Gwent Hospital Critical Care Diary Team (ABHB).
Diaries were implemented as part of care delivery in the Critical Care Unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Aneurin Bevan Health Board 3 years ago: the first known use of patient diaries in Wales. The diaries are facilitated by an established diary team, and as a result of their experiences, the need for research into diary use was discussed. In partnership, the University of Glamorgan & ABHB are currently researching patient perceptions of their diaries to enable the patient voice to impact on this innovative addition to service delivery.
The poster outlined the background to the use of patient diaries in critical care and the research study aiming to ascertain patient perceptions of critical care diaries that have been written on their behalf by nurses, relatives and other healthcare professionals while they are sedated and ventilated during critical illness. The diaries are constructed to provide a chronological overview of the patients critical illness journey as research suggests patients often have memory impairments following sedation and ventilation. The patient is invited to collect their diary at 4-6 weeks after discharge home. Currently the patient voice in relation to critical care diary use is lacking and therefore this collaborative research study is a pivotal step towards enabling patients to inform the future development of patient diaries in critical care.
The aim of this first annual Conference chaired by Professor Donna Mead was to highlight the importance of the patient experience, how listening to patients helps improve care, and to celebrate excellence. It is also a vehicle for promoting and sharing of good practice with colleagues from across Wales.