British Journal of Nursing Awards Winner 2016

BJNWinners of the British Journal of Nursing  ‘Nurse of the Year’ Award 2016

For the

Scottish Dermatological Nursing Society (SDNS)  Masterclass in Psychosocial Aspects of Care

Polly Buchanan, PhD Student , School of Medicine (Health Psychology),  Lead Nurse, Research and Development, NHS Fife, was named as a winner of  BJN Nurse of the Year Award 2016 for dermatology nursing .

Polly , Chair of the Scottish Dermatological Nursing Society,  is  a member of a team who designed, implemented and evaluated  a 3 day Masterclass in psychosocial aspects of care, a quality initiative developed under the auspices of the Scottish Dermatological Nursing Society (SDNS).  This is the first of its kind in dermatology within Scotland.    Other members of the SDNS team include Karen Stephen, NHS Tayside, Janice Bianchi, Independent Medical Educator and Zoe Chouliara, Edinburgh Napier University.

Addressing the psycho-social needs of patients is essential to the success of any dermatological intervention and can improve patient experiences and outcomes.    The SDNS team developed the Masterclass to be applicable for all Health Care Professionals with an interest in dermatology and who wish to enhance their practice in meeting patients’ psyPBchosocial needs.

The Masterclass has run successfully for two years in Scotland and will soon be available throughout the UK.  Evaluation demonstrated that the course met participants’ expectations and improved their confidence and competence in addressing psychosocial needs of patientsPolly presented this work  at the British Association of Dermatologists’ UK Psychodermatology annual meeting in London and is lead author on the paper which has been accepted  for publication (Health Psychology Update) in 2016.

Polly Buchanan:  pjb25@st-andrews.ac.uk