Nurse Specialist Chris Kelly could add the term “as recommended by doctors” to his CV without fear of contradiction.
Eleven separate nominations came in for Chris from patients he has cared for, from nurses he works with – and from doctors.
Chris is the only IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) nurse specialist in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital but he doesn’t let his busy schedule and heavy workload detract from his attention to detail and commitment to going that extra mile for his patients.
One doctor who nominated Chris said he has gained the full respect of his medical and surgical colleagues as well as his patients. But when we caught up with Chris he was very modest saying he has an equal amount of respect for his colleagues and he wouldn’t have been able to advance the service and his skills without their full support.
Described as the glue that holds the team together, Chris was honoured to even be considered for the award let alone win. He said it was really great to receive the award but insists he couldn’t have done the work without the support of the consultants and medics. They have a great team and he can go to any one of the doctors with any issues that arise.
One of the many initiatives Chris has taken forward is the creation of advice podcasts aimed at younger patients who really didn’t connect with more traditional printed patient leaflets.
One doctor wrote: “It is a great pleasure to recommend Christopher Kelly for the ‘award for nursing’. In my entire career in medicine I have never met a nurse like him.”
Below: Chris receives his award from the Cabinet Secretary.