Michelle Duffy has been involved in respiratory nursing since 1999, moving into community COPD care as a speciality in 2009. She is a committed nurse, a great listener who understands the importance of humour with patients and team members alike.
She covers an area which is a similar size to Belgium, with much less accessibility and feels strongly that all patients should have an equitable healthcare resource. In order to provide such a service she has led on joint Video Conferencing clinics, sometimes removing the need for a 200-mile round trip.
Michelle wants Queen’s Nurses to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and effective communicators of the evolving roles of community nursing. She would like Queen’s Nurses to be effective ambassadors for person-centred care and to take a lead role in sharing this vision with others.
Michelle’s project raises awareness of pulmonary rehabilitation, a cost-effective intervention for patients with chronic respiratory conditions. It will see the reduction of acute exacerbations in patients and reduce the impact of chronic breathlessness thereby enabling them to maintain their independence.
Alison Hudson, Lead Nurse North and West Operational Unit
Michelle has always sought creative ways to reach individuals in remote and rural areas through the provision of technology enabled care (TEC)/home monitoring to further maximise independence and has championed this approach successfully despite technological and cultural challenges.