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Senior nurse at UHMBT shares his experience

Paul Jebb, Assistant Chief Nurse, UHMBT

[A] high profile national nurse joined the team at Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) a year ago to add further experience to the Nursing division.

Over the last 12 months Paul Jebb has taken on the role of UHMBT’s Assistant Chief Nurse for Corporate. Paul’s role involves nurse leadership across UHMBT, and he is the mental health lead and a key driving force on various quality improvement projects.

Before joining UHMBT in December 2016, Paul spent the last 20 years within various NHS roles all relating to quality improvement. His most recent role was as the Experience of Care Professional Lead at NHS England, which focused on enhancing the experiences of care. In particular, Paul was the national lead on ‘Always Events’ to enhance co-design of services with staff, patients, carers and family member services. UHMBT was a pilot Trust for this national initiative and Paul worked with its maternity teams to implement it.

Paul Jebb has told us a bit about his role as Assistant Chief Nurse for Corporate: “What I enjoy most about my job is the variety of what I do on a day to day basis, and who I meet. I really enjoy meeting staff, patients, members of the public and people from other organisations.

“It is great to see the impact that my work and similar roles has on an acute hospital and for individuals. For example, across the whole health care system I have been working with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and the Integrated Care Communities. As a collective we have been looking at all the frequent attendees to the Emergency Departments in order to ensure that those who need support get that from the right professional in the right place.

“My key projects include mental health work. In particular I am keen on changing people’s views and the stigma around mental health and have done this by education of both staff and patients. I am pleased to be running the first mental health first aid course for staff at UHMBT in early 2018. This is something which I believe all staff can benefit from and apply to everyday life at home and work. The training will teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. I have good links with partners such as, The Well Community, The Samaritans and Red Rose these partnerships ensure that all services are working together to ensure we deliver the best care we can across our community.

“I first knew I wanted to become a nurse when my father was involved in a road traffic accident and I saw first-hand a variety of roles within the health service. I thought being a health care professional looked interesting, varied and challenging. This certainly reflects my role at UHMBT and I am very glad I get to help and support people every day.”

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