Meet Terena Biddulph, District Nurse Team Leader for FNHC clinics.
Terena, aged 56, has been a nurse for 39 years, of which 35 have been with FNHC. Terena was a St John’s Ambulance Cadet as a youngster and always knew she wanted to turn her desire to help people into a profession.
Following her qualification as a nurse Terena worked in a stroke rehabilitation unit. In 1998 she finished a three-year long distance learning degree in community health studies at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, allowing her to become a District Nursing specialist practitioner.
Terena’s current role as Team Leader for FNHC clinics involves managing the workload of a designated community adult nursing clinic team, with overall responsibility for the assessment, management, and evaluation of evidence based wound care treatments to patients in the clinic setting.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on a patient’s face after recovering from long-standing chronic leg ulcers. It gives a real sense of achievement to the team knowing that all the hard work, training and commitment has been worthwhile.”
The team is available six days a week from 8am to 5pm, but this is flexible to meet the patient’s needs. The team sees patients in the purpose built New Era clinics at Georgetown and in St Mary, and the service is open to all ambulant Islanders.
During her time as Team Leader, Terena has gained an in depth knowledge of wound care and has undergone training in specialist bandaging to manage chronic oedema / lymphoedema (swelling of the legs and feet) and assessments for leg ulcers.
Jersey’s growing and ageing population means there is an ever-increasing demand for district nursing services in the island. Terena’s team offers a vital service to alleviate pressures on this service by seeing patients in a clinical facility with an appointment time. This gives patients more flexibility to choose when they are seen, and frees up the district nurses to visit the most vulnerable in their own homes.
“I have a very committed and cohesive team who are always willing to go that extra mile to help our patients.”
Terena’s team does on average between 6-700 face to face appointments a month and endeavor to keep waiting times to approximately 15 minutes with most being seen at their allotted time.