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Louise Northway

Quality Improvement Clinical Lead (RVN)

Louise NorthwayLou qualified as an RVN in 2009 and has worked in various first opinion practices and a referral hospital. Since qualifying, she has undertaken two further certificates in anaesthesia and ECC.

She is currently Clinical Nurse Lead at a busy first opinion practice in Buckinghamshire. Alongside this, she is a BVNA council member and is their representative in the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme group.

Lou’s QI adventure began in 2017 when she started auditing ahead of her clinic's RCVS Practice Standards inspection. During this time, she had an epiphany of its importance and how it could be used to help make positive changes in practice. Her mindset changed from “What are we doing" to "How are we doing? And how can we make it better?"

From auditing and measuring outcomes, her role expanded to involve reviewing up-to-date evidence and guidelines, which she used to make improvements alongside reflecting on audit results. Lou also has a huge interest in human factors which she feels sits hand in hand with quality improvement.

In 2019, she was awarded the RCVS Inspiration Award for her ability to inspire and enthuse others and was also awarded as an RCVS Knowledge Champion for two consecutive years for her clinical audits undertaken in practice. Her audits helped to make clinical improvements in patient outcomes in anaesthesia and post-op care.

She is keen to inspire and encourage veterinary teams to join in the QI movement as she believes it is pivotal in improving clinical standards and communication and enhancing patient safety. She believes QI spearheads a collaborative and supportive working environment where everyone has a voice.

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Declaration of interests

Directorships

British Veterinary Nursing Association - Council member

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives

N/A

Consultancies

N/A

Appointments to other bodies

British Veterinary Nursing Association - Council member (due to step down Oct 2021)

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

BVNA - Member

RCVS practice standards scheme (PSS) group - BVNA council representative (Until October 2021)

Veterinary Evidence - Editorial board member 

Employment

(all listed on my CV)

Current:

Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre (IVC Evidensia)

Previous:

Davies Veterinary Specialists (now owned my Linnaeus, previous independent)

WVS Mission Rabies

Abivale Veterinary Group (now owned by IVC, previously independent)

Sprinz & Nash Veterinary Hospital (now owned by IVC, previously independent)

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

Vets now certificate in emergency & critical care VNCertECC

ISVPS nurses certificate in anaesthesia NCert (Anaesth)

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

None

Other relevant information

Owner of “Lou The Vet Nurse” online social media platform & website.

I create and sell educational resources for RVNs in practice.

Through my platforms I engage in live events discussing subjects relating to veterinary nursing and the profession. I also lecture internationally to RVNs in my areas of interest.

RCVS Inspiration award winner 2019

RCVS knowledge champion 2019 & 2020