Resuscitation Council (UK)

Resus in Practice

Wayne Hurst


There’s never a dull day at the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - especially for Assistant Director of Nursing & Operations Wayne Hurst. 

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.

Wayne is an Adult trained nurse, who qualified in 2002 from University of Hertfordshire with 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 Cardiothoracic Surgery 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 as well as having had the  opportunity to work alongside Joel Dunning and Petra Carroll in the development of 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 3 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 our move in April 2019.

This last item is occupying a significant amount of Wayne’s role, as he is working with his senior nursing, medical and operational colleagues on planning to move their current site 17 miles up the road. It’s an incredibly complicated task, and they are planning meticulously undertaking patient counts, identifying transfer teams and writing action cards for the move into a state of the art hospital 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 director (EPALS/APLS/ALS/GIC/HMIMMS) as well as having recently joined the ALS sub-committee.

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.”

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