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British Nursing Journal award for outstanding achievement

JulieJenksAwardbClinical nurse practitioner Julie Jenks who launched an holistic service for UCLH patients with bladder problems has won a British Nursing Journal award for outstanding achievement.

In conjunction with consultants, Julie developed a sacral nerve stimulation programme to insert pacemakers into the bladder to control activity. She also pioneered Europe’s first nurse-led test lead implantation service allowing nurses to implant test wires after appropriate training. Patients are also offered nurse-led acupuncture and PtNS (peripheral electrical stimulation to a designated nerve pathway) within the service.

Julie said: “I was so surprised to be nominated, but even more surprised to win! I wish to thank all the multi- disciplinary team I work with for their encouragement and support, and I share this award with them.”

She was nominated by consultants Tamsin Greenwell and Jeremy Ockrim for her work within the female and reconstructive urology service.

Colleagues who nominated Julie descried her as a “mature, compassionate and understanding nurse, who is optimistic, but also realistic. Julie has an aura that builds confidence through not only listening, but also an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.”

Consultant Urologist Jeremy Ockrim who works with Julie at UCLH  said: “Everyone would like to congratulate Julie on this very well-deserved award”.

“Incontinence and bladder pain are very distressing and debilitating and treatment is rarely simple. Therefore it is absolutely vital for patients to have the support of an advanced nurse practitioner like Julie who has highly specialist clinical skills and is also prepared to take that extra step to find a solution if other methods have not worked for the patient”.

“We are very fortunate to have Julie as a key member of the team  and it is good to see outstanding care being recognised in this way.”

Julie leads nationally on the Urology SNS nursing support group and this month her acupuncture paper won third prize at the 65th Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand annual scientific meeting in Darwin, Australia.