The badges, which have been designed by Headland Staff Nurse Yvonne Hacon, feature a beautiful Periwinkle flower sitting above the leaves of a Yew tree, representing common extracts used in chemotherapy treatments, as both these plants are used to produce the medicines.
Rachel Hopper, Clinical Practice Educator for RCHT came up with the idea of the pin badge, as to date staff have been presented with just a certificate upon completion of their Chemotherapy training.
“Even though staff were still delighted to receive a certificate, I wanted to explore if they could be presented with something that acknowledges the training they have carried out and to showcase their success and dedication to their colleagues and patients,”
“By working with the Headland team, we came up with the idea of these badges and Yvonne kindly volunteered to come up with a number of designs.”
The final design was picked by members of the Headland Unit team and they are now being rolled out for all staff that have completed this intense, practical and theory training, which enables them to administer and deliver chemotherapy to patients. This training is then assessed annually, with staff having to carry out practical refreshers and an assessment with a mentor.
Headland’s Clinical Matron, Sarah Caskey is looking forward for the badges being presented to staff, highlighting the importance of what they symbolise.
“These bespoke badges represent a level of responsibility and accountability staff have undertaken and showcase their passion for brilliant patient care,”
“We are really looking forward to rolling these out through our department, as they are a symbol of the governance and safety standards we want to embed within our everyday care.”