BHF Alliance member awarded British Empire Medal in New Year Honours

BHF arrhythmia nurse Wendy Churchouse Wendy Churchouse, BHF nurse and Alliance member, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours list for her dedication to developing and improving cardiac care for patients in Wales.

I feel so proud to think that someone has made the effort to nominate me. It was a true honour.

Wendy Churchouse
BHF Arrhythmia Specialist Nurse

Wendy has been in nursing since the mid 1980s and has worked in the community, secondary care and speciality cardiac care. Currently a BHF Arrhythmia Specialist Nurse based in Swansea, she was one of the first 15 BHF nurses funded within the UK in 1999 and has been a BHF nurse ever since. 

She says: “It was a total surprise and so proud to think that someone has made the effort to nominate me. It was a true honour.

“Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to work within outstanding teams so any service or patient care improvements I’ve managed to implement have been a joint effort with my colleagues. Education has always played a huge part of my role as I feel it is important to share any knowledge and expertise I have with others so that patients receive quality and evidenced based care.

 “The BHF has helped with my education and professional development throughout my career and I am proud to be associated with the charity. The BHF provides opportunity to attend national conferences where I have been able to network with other professionals; sharing ideas and experience – all of which benefit patient care and their experience.”

From everyone here at the BHF, a very big and well deserved congratulations Wendy!

ICDs and end of life 

You can read about Wendy’s pioneering work in the area of ICD deactivation at end of life in our recent Heart Matters article, where she shares with us her experience and explains the importance of having those difficult conversations at an appropriate time.