Ian Hall has been a community nurse since 1993 with a career taking in Derbyshire and Niger, West Africa before reaching the Orkney Islands.
Being a lone worker nurse practitioner on Shapinsay, means he acts as a practice nurse, a district nurse, a GP, and a paramedic and is first port of call for any health needs on the island. As an innovator in a remote and rural area, he believes that leaders need to work alongside and with the local community to achieve change and meet needs. He helped to develop a team of second responders alongside voluntary ambulance drivers which proved difficult in the beginning, but the model has now been copied by other islands.
He sees becoming a Queen’s Nurse as an opportunity to recognise the ‘expert generalist’ skills of primary care nurse practitioners and their value to Scotland’s communities. He hopes that Queen’s Nurses could become a group of clinical nurse leaders who are able to proactively influence change to break down barriers and implement innovative care.
His project would see the development of an effective clinical supervision programme for all the community nurses in the Northern Isles Network of Care. It would see monthly reflective peer support Video Conferences and at least one face to face meeting a year for all island nurses.
Judith Sinclair, Lead Nurse, NHS Orkney
I believe he always has the patient at the heart of what he does and has developed good networks, despite working remotely, to enable him to make better clinical decisions to ensure that they receive the best care at the right time.