International Nurses Day 2020

12 May 2020

This International Nurses Day (12 May 2020), read how Jacqueline Johnson and Mark Gilbey-Cross – trained nurses working at Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (BHR CCGs) – have been deployed to the frontline to support the NHS’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interview with Jacqueline Johnson – Senior Nurse in the Quality Assurance and Continuing Healthcare team at BHR CCGs

Q: What is your deployment role during the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: I have been working in the BHR Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPC) at the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, providing support and advice to nursing and residential homes and community providers on IPC.

Q: What does this role involve?

A: The BHR Infection Prevention and Control Team is providing support and advice on IPC during the COVID-19 pandemic to our community partners.

We have been visiting community providers, nursing and residential homes across BHR and providing advice and support in line with government guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, cleaning, laundry, disposing of waste, etc. Of course, we also follow this national guidance when we are out and about.

Q: What made you want to put yourself forward to be deployed?

A: I have been employed by the NHS since 1982 and offering my expertise to partner organisations was a way that I felt I could help out in the midst of the global COVID-19 crisis. It was also an opportunity to work in a collaborative way with our partners in the community.

Interview with Mark Gilbey-Cross – Acting Deputy Nurse Director at BHR CCGs

Q: What was your deployment role during the COVID-19 pandemic

A: I was the Professional Lead for Adult Safeguarding at the NHS Nightingale Hospital in the ExCeL Centre.  

Q: What did this role involve?

A: I set up the policies and procedures to ensure that the NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to adhere to its statutory responsibilities around adult safeguarding.

It also involved providing assurance to regulators, NHS England/Improvement, Barts Health NHS Trust and the Nightingale’s executive teams, as well as developing safeguarding procedures and training materials for all staff.

Q: What made you want to put yourself forward to be deployed?

A: Like many of my colleagues, I wanted to be able to contribute to north east London’s COVID-19 response. 

Having a history of working in adult safeguarding, this gave me the ideal opportunity to use my skills while ensuring that patients accommodated at the NHS Nightingale Hospital are appropriately protected from harm and abuse and that the hospital follows appropriate legislation such as the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.