A Bedford nurse who set up a menopause clinic after a challenging experience accessing support herself has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Lesley Quinn, clinical services and governance manager at Bedford on Call (BEDOC), designed and delivered an out-of-hours menopause clinic offering evidence-based information, support and advice to women in Bedfordshire.
The RCN Nurse of the Year 2022 selected from all the category winners will also be announced at the event.
Lesley was already a practitioner and independent prescriber at BEDOC which are commissioned by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, to provide extended access GP services in four localities across Bedfordshire.
“In 2019 as a menopausal woman, my own healthcare experience made me realise that there was a need for a more easily accessible specialist service for women who needed to access support and treatment during what can be a very challenging time of life,” said Lesley.
“The ethos of BEDOC to improve patient access to primary care and my idea for this specialist service led me to do some additional training to improve my knowledge and competencies in relation to the menopause and prescribing of HRT.
“My first clinic took place in February 2020 just before lockdown began and has continued apart from a short break for me to work on the COVID-19 vaccination programme which BEDOC were also commissioned to deliver.”
There are now four clinicians working across Bedfordshire and patients have described the service as ‘life-changing’.
She said: “I am delighted to be a finalist and very grateful to the colleague who nominated me.
“I am extremely proud of the menopause service and the work that is done by our team to improve the lives of the ladies that attend our clinics.
“To be a finalist in such prestigious awards is a brilliant opportunity to spread the word about the work we do.”
RCN general secretary and chief executive, Pat Cullen, said: “This shortlist showcases the very best of nursing and highlights the work we do, day in, day out, to improve the health and well-being of our patients.
“I am so proud of all of these finalists.”
RCN charity partner The Foundation of Nursing Studies’ chief executive and awards judging panel chair, Joanne Bosanquet, added, “the quality of entries again this year was so high and it was near impossible to choose our finalists…”