Joanne McPeake’s Story

Author: Joanne McPeake
Joanne McPeake’s Story

Joanne McPeake travelled to the USA in 2011 to investigate how to improve outcomes for patients recovering from a period of critical illness.

The Fellowship

At the time of her Fellowship, Joanne was a Staff Nurse in critical care in Glasgow, and a Lecturer Practitioner at the University of Glasgow. On her travels, she spent four weeks visiting various Intensive Care Units (ICUs), exploring the use of various techniques to improve short and long-term outcomes for patients.

During her Fellowship Joanne explored topics such as the role of the social worker in critical care; the role of early mobilisation in the critical care setting; approaches to sedation and delirium management; and the use of family and patient councils within the acute care setting.

The Results

Over the last six years, a significant amount of work has been undertaken as a direct result of Joanne’s Fellowship.

Along with Dr Tara Quasim, Joanne developed the first Patient and Family Advisory Council in Scotland. This work, which was supported by the Foundation of Nursing Studies and Burdett Trust for Nursing, provides a forum for patients and families to suggest improvements in quality and safety of hospital processes, and has enabled understanding of the challenges which patients and caregivers face during and following critical care. It also led to the creation of strategies to help improve this journey for patients.

Working with other members of the multidisciplinary team in the ICU in Glasgow, Joanne has helped to create InS:PIRE (Intensive Care Syndrome: Promoting Independence and Return to Employment), an innovative five-week rehabilitation programme for ICU survivors. This programme is based on a cardiac rehabilitation model and is funded by The Health Foundation. Patients set individual goals or personal outcomes, which are co-produced with staff at the clinic and various community organisations. This integrated health and social care approach has seen significant impact on the quality of life of both patients and caregivers. In 2016, this model of care was scaled up to another five sites across four health boards in Scotland, in partnership with the Health Foundation and the Scottish Government.

A very exciting development has been the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s THRIVE programme.  This programme, a collaboration involving Glasgow Royal Infirmary, explores how critical care providers can engage with peer support as a mechanism for rehabilitation for critical care patients and their families.  This work, which involves individuals from the UK, the USA and Australia, has given Joanne the opportunity to work with people she first met during her Fellowship!

Joanne continues to work clinically as a Nurse Consultant in Glasgow, as well as being a Senior Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She credits the shared learning and networking opportunities she gained during her Fellowship as being invaluable in shaping innovative strategies to improve patient experience and outcomes.

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