Claire Campbell completed her Dip HE Nursing studies at King Alfred’s College in Winchester in 1998 before moving to Guildford to work at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
Initial roles saw her working in acute medicine including Gastroenterology before moving into the surgical directorate. This is where her interest in nutrition began as she cared for patient on the colorectal, hepatobilary and upper GI surgical unit.
After 5 years Claire was asked to take up position in the surgical acute unit at Frimley Park hospital. This further developed Claire interest in nutrition support and gained further skills in caring for those receiving both parenteral and enteral nutrition.
In 2007 the Trust developed a role for a Nutrition Support nurse to provide training for staff in parenteral nutrition and also the development of a nurse-led nasojejunal placement service to reduce the amount of PN used within the organization. This was a part time role and initially Claire carried out his whilst continuing to work on the acute surgical unit. The role expanded quite quickly and led to implementing the NPSA alerts around nasogastric tubes. From there the service expanded further and Claire now runs a nurse led service for gastrostomy assessment covering both in and outpatients and the subsequent aftercare and support of these patients. This resulted in a Trust recognition award for service. Claire has completed her Clinical Nutrition module at Kings University gaining the Yakult award for the highest mark and is looking to continue her studies for a Masters.
Claire works closely with the dietetics and gastroenterology teams at Frimley and enjoys the challenges and diversity that being a Nutrition Support nurse involves. Claire is a new committee member for the NNNG and is looking forward to becoming more involved in national projects and the challenges this will bring.