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Edge Hill University marks outstanding work for South Sefton Patients

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s community Intravenous Therapy (IV) Team have been presented with an award by Edge Hill University.

The IV Therapy team were recently presented with the Innovation for Practice Learning Award.

The IV Therapy team is based at Litherland Town Hall Health Centre and provides South Sefton patients with conditions such as liver disease, bone infections or cellulitis with antibiotics that are directly injected into their veins. The treatment is administered at home or within a community health centre and aims to prevent patients being admitted into hospital.

Christine Roberts, IV Therapy Team Leader, said: “I’m delighted the team has been recognised by such a prestigious establishment. As a team we strive to provide our students with a positive learning environment and relevant placements which also raise awareness of community nursing roles.”

Edge Hill University delivers a three year nursing programme which integrates theory and practice, and prepares students to take on the roles and responsibilities that will be required following their graduation.

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The IV Therapy team have supported  student nurse placements for many years, offering a 12 week placement where student nurses can acquire knowledge and practical skills about IV therapy, infection control and also spend time providing treatment and care with district nursing, urgent care, diabetes and other community nursing teams.

Ray Walker, Director of Nursing at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust ,said: “At Mersey Care we are all extremely proud of the team’s outstanding achievement. The award is a testament to their hard work and commitment to high quality patient care.”

Dr Julie Williams, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching and Director of Nursing Education at Edge Hill University said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the IV Therapy team, we value their support and the positive learning experiences they provide. We’re pleased that we are working with such committed practitioners and welcome their support in our nursing selection process and helping shape future nurse training programmes.”