Peninsula Villages Nurse Practitioner wins State Service Award

Peninsula Villages has received national recognition this month with its on-site Nurse Practitioner, Claire Abbott winning the Individual Award at the 2018 Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Excellence in Age Care Service Awards.

The LASA Excellence in Age Service Awards promote and recognise excellence across all fields of the Australian aged care industry celebrating professionals, volunteers and organisations for their dedication to the industry.

Central Coast local, Claire Abbott was nominated and awarded the NSW and ACT Individual Award for her innovative and forward-thinking contributions that she has made to date, assisting those at Peninsula Villages who require ongoing or one-off care and giving the peace of mind that residents are receiving the best on-site care.

Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Villages, Shanes Neaves explained that Peninsula Villages is one of only a few aged care providers within NSW that has a full-time, on site Nurse Practitioner to assist residents who require ongoing or one-off care.

“Nurse Practitioners have a higher level of training than Registered Nurses and are able to independently diagnose and prescribe medications as well as treat health conditions within their scope of practice.

“As our Nurse Practitioner, Claire reviews around 50 residents per week for chronic, palliative and gerontological assessment and provides an additional clinical skill in assisting the RNs.  This has resulted in a 42 per cent reduction in Peninsula Village transfers to hospital over the last three years of her tenure,” continued Mr Neaves.

“Residents and staff of Peninsula Villages are extremely proud of Claire’s accomplishment and the work she has done for our residents in her time at the Village,” said Mr Neaves.

“It isn’t hard to see why Claire was the recipient of this award. Her dedication to our residents is second to none and she delivers a high quality of care that residents have come to expect from us here at Peninsula Villages.

“To be recognised for an excellence award in this industry, on this level, is an achievement few people get the chance accomplish. To be able to say you were the only person selected for an Individual Award in the entire state is a lifetime accomplishment that Claire will take with her for the rest of her career,” he added.

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Being a state-level award recipient, Claire has progressed as a finalist to the National Awards to be presented at LASA’s National Congress in late October this year, to be held in Adelaide.

“As an organisation, we are very lucky to have Claire and an onsite Nurse Practitioner as part of our team. Claire has helped us raise the standard of living for all our residents, innovating our approach to aged care,” concluded Mr Neaves.