VTE
Maria Lowe
I am a Registered Nurse at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.  I have been nursing since 2002.  During that time I have worked in cardiology, endocrinology, respiratory and gastroenterology dealing with both the acute and chronic elements of the various illnesses and diseases.   I applied for the role as venous thromboembolism (VTE) project facilitator as I had a personal and professional interest in VTE.   I saw the VTE project as a great opportunity to improve the quality and standards of patient care at Rotherham Hospital.

Secondment details
The secondment was a full time post from June 2010 to November 2012.  My role was to facilitate the implementation project which aimed to improve the care and management of patients admitted to the Trust, who are at risk of developing a venous thromboembolism.  This involved engaging patients and staff in a range of activities, including root cause analysis, creating patient information leaflets and developing policies about the VTE care pathway.  The project helped the Trust to achieve national targets and requirements.  

Reflections on the secondment experience 
The secondment allowed me to develop many skills I would have not had the opportunity to, in my role as a nurse.   I had an amazing time.  I met and collaborated with such wonderful, enthusiastic people, across the whole organisation.   I now routinely challenge and question other areas of care delivery.    I am more confident about my own practice and when I present myself.   During the secondment I was able to take courses for my professional development. The experience has made me want to learn and achieve more. 

What happened next? 
I now regularly teach on various courses within the Trust.   The skills, knowledge and experience gained working on the VTE project enabled me to be seconded to another project in 2013.  This is with the CLAHRC SY Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Theme.   The aim is to improve the care pathway for patients with COPD at Rotherham. 

Gemma O'Carroll

For the last seven years I have worked in administrative positions initially at Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop and now at Rotherham Hospital in the Health Records Department. 

Secondment details
I was seconded to the part-time position of administrator for the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Project between August 2010 and March 2013.  My role was to provide support to the project lead and facilitator.

Reflections on the secondment experience
The combination of two posts created many new opportunities for developing my skills and experience.  Like most people, I thought a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was related to long haul flights.  I now know so much more about the prevention and treatment of VTE. I will always have this knowledge.  I have shared it with my family and friends, and will continue to do so.   Prior to working on the VTE project I had little awareness of Trust policies.  Since being involved with the VTE policy, I appreciate the importance of policies.   I’ve already found myself referring to other policies to answer questions.  Understanding and using policies will always be helpful to me.  

What happened next? 
Being part of the VTE project developed my confidence and skills in many ways.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the hospital I work in and the NHS in general.   I hope that future opportunities will arise for me to go on and develop the skills and knowledge I have gained.