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Karen Hudson

Karen Hudson, Lead Clinical Nurse Advisor, North

Thursday 24 November 2016

We caught up with Karen Hudson, NHS Supply Chain’s Lead Clinical Advisor for the North, at a recent Royal College of Nursing event, to find out more about her role.

Before we started asking questions here is a bit of background:

Karen has 20 years clinical theatre nurse experience working in large teaching hospitals, district and day-case units for the NHS and the private sector at all levels of nursing up to a senior team leader level. Her specialities include cardiac, general, laparoscopic, endoscopy, livers, urology, gynaecology, vascular, orthopaedics, neuro, plastics and recovery.

Having been a dynamic theatre sister for 14 years in various theatre specialties, working closely with NHS staff including cardiac consultants and anaesthetists, Karen is an expert in change management and is comfortable liaising with clinicians and nurses at all levels. As an impartial clinical lead, Karen can also work on cross-boundary projects.

How many Clinical Nurse Advisors (CNA) work for NHS Supply Chain?

A year ago there were three of us but we have expanded our team and today there are twelve Clinical Nurse Advisor’s nationally.

What is the role of a Clinical Nurse Advisor within NHS Supply Chain?

We are here to build on the link between procurement and clinicians. We help identify savings and support clinical specialists, from a procurement angle, to achieve consistent care across products used in patient care. We also use their experience of delivering patient care to enhance the procurement knowledge of our colleagues. It’s an experience exchange.

What is the best part of the job?

Working with clinicians in Trusts to help them understand the reasons why we need to make savings. How we can achieve that with quality, safety and patient care at the centre of everything we do.

What are you most proud of?

Being able to work closer and in partnership with Trusts in the Northern region. The increased time, ability and understanding this allows means the process is even more effective. It gives me the time to adapt things to really meet the needs of the clinicians I see. It also means I can talk to the right specialist about the right product, so it is right for patient care alongside savings.

Being involved in the Royal College of Nursing’s ‘small changes, big differences’ campaign from the start was both exciting and important to me. Working alongside one of the most well recognised professional nursing bodies was a great experience. Sharing best practice in procurement is so important, not only to make savings but to ensure quality and safety to achieve best patient care.

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