Resus in Practice: Wayne Hurst

Wayne Hurst

As Assistant Director of Nursing and Operations for Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Wayne Hurst’s days are never boring.

Whether it’s operational site management, undertaking on-call responsibilities or providing senior nursing support and decision making into Trust-wide committees, he’s committed to putting his best foot forward for his trust, colleagues and patients.

Trained nurse Wayne qualified in 2002 from University of Hertfordshire, and has a background in Emergency Care, Resuscitation and Cardiothoracic Nursing. Prior to his current role at Royal Papworth, he’s held roles as Resuscitation Officer and Lead Resuscitation Officer as well as Matron for Emergency Department Queens Hospital Romford and Senior Nurse/Matron in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Harefield Hospital.
He’s had a variety of training experiences which helped to shape his clinical practice today. In 2015, he completed his MSc in Medical Education and Healthcare Simulation (led by Ken Spearpoint), and is full of praise for what he learned, saying he “utilises these skills in delivery of simulation and education in human factors training and in my day to day work.”

Wayne also has a number of other feathers in his bow, including having recently supported the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery with team-based simulation and debriefing skills. He also worked alongside Joel Dunning and Petra Carroll to develop the Cardiothoracic ALS course (a course supported by the European Society of Cardiac Surgery which looks to establish a team approach to care of post-surgical patients with emergency re-sternotomy training). He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has recently completed coaching and high-impact leadership training.  

He is currently putting all of his education and skills into practice in Royal Papworth, where there are a variety of systems to detect deterioration of patients, including electronic observations, a 24/7 ALERT team, ward based ANP cover, and high proportion of monitored beds. These systems support recent, incredibly positive, NCAA data showing that Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust reported three times the National average survival to hospital discharge at 57%.

They also have an ALERT/CPR steering group with MDT colleagues who support the work of the resuscitation department and have a committee looking into how to utilise ReSPECT locally to maximal effect within their patient population. They are also currently developing NEWS 2 to implement within the new hospital following their move in April 2019.

With a workload like Wayne’s, it’s hard to imagine fitting even more into his days - but he continues to support resuscitation training both locally and nationally as an Instructor and Course Director (EPALS/APLS/ALS/GIC/HMIMMS) as well as having recently joined the ALS Subcommittee.

There’s a lot to love about what Wayne does for a living, but the best part of his job is the people and patients he meets and the dedication of the staff to deliver world class care. 

“Within Royal Papworth we are at the brink of innovation, delivering the best evidenced-based care to our patients,” he says. “For me it’s about showcasing this and sharing/learning with others.” 

“I am incredibly proud to work within the NHS and I strive to share my passion for delivery of world class free healthcare to all who require it.”
Wayne Hurst