VTE Prevention Plymouth-Huw Rowswell, VTE Consultant Nurse

VTE Prevention Plymouth-Huw Rowswell, VTE Consultant Nurse

Plymouth became a VTE exemplar centre back in 2009 which was when I started as a VTE specialist nurse with an overview to drive the mandatory risk assessment and prophylaxis that the NICE guidance introduced in 2010. From the beginning we wanted to measure the impact that this guidance had so have collected radiological data on all VTE events diagnosed and given real time feedback to clinicians about hospital acquired thrombosis to drive reductions both in total events but more importantly those cases associated with inadequate or inappropriate prevention. Over the ten years we have collected this data, we have demonstrated significant reductions in HAT which we published in heart (https://openheart.bmj.com/content/4/2/e000653). We find it really useful to present speciality specific data on the number of VTE events seen, especially when we compared this as a percentage of admissions they saw compared to over specialties.

My role has changed since 2009 to include the follow up of patients on anticoagulation at 3 to 6 months to look at whether to continue treatment, balancing bleed risk against risk of VTE recurrence. In addition, research is an increasing part of the role and I completed my Masters on the risk of VTE post cardiac surgery, comparing emergency with elective admissions. I have also looked at the safety of outpatient PE management, incidence of cancer in VTE events and the changing picture of VTE treatment. My role was changed to that of a consultant nurse, acknowledging the change and enhancement of the role in 2017.

I have also been fortunate to go to China several times to share UK practice on VTE prevention and am part of the all China nursing VTE alliance and was able to invite Prof Li over to speak at the British Society of Haematology ASM in Brighton in 2017.

I have also been fortunate to go to China several times to share UK practice on VTE prevention and am part of the all China nursing VTE alliance and was able to invite Prof Li over to speak at the British Society of Haematology ASM in Brighton in 2017.


I feel it is really important that we share the research and work that we as nurses do and I was fortunate to be named the National Institute Health Research/ British Society of Haematology nurse researcher of the year in 2019 receiving the award from Dame Sally Davies chief medical officer at the BSH meeting last year. I would also encourage all health care professionals to join the BSH which has free membership to all staff band 7 and below.

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