Benjamin Franklyn once said “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”, advice which Amanda Lucas seems to have taken to heart.
Amanda Lucas - Deputy Head of Midwifery
Having recently completed her degree in professional practice, a chance discussion with one of her tutors at University of Chester, prompted Amanda to try her hand at writing an article for the RCM Midwifery journal. This was a new departure for Amanda but undeterred she began by revisiting work she had submitted as part of a degree module, then reshaping it to fit the needs of the publishing company. In this particular instance, just 1,000 words were required. ‘The hardest part at this point’ explained Amanda, was knowing what to leave out’.
After a brief flurry of supportive emails from the RCM publisher, Amanda’s first article on infection control entitled ‘Naked below the elbow’ was published in April 2010. Suitably buoyed up by this success, Amanda quickly followed up with ‘Challenging the status quo’, which concentrated on change management and was published in August 2010.
Reflecting on previous KSF/PDR appraisal discussions, when it was suggested she consider further development, Amanda recalled how she was initially reluctant to commit to a degree but that all changed the minute she started her course, following successful PQF funding. Now she enthuses to others about the benefits of the degree course; how much she has enjoyed it and importantly, how it has brought about changes in practice here at MDGH.
Amanda feels convinced that others can follow in her footsteps ‘because they already do the work … and there is plenty of local support available at the Staff Library’. Brushing up on her search and computer skills was one of Amanda’s first tasks but being supported and knowing where to look, together with facilities like the economical document delivery service and the fact that the Library is ‘local made a big difference’.
When she isn’t writing, Amanda is keen to be involved in the latest HAI initiatives, becoming a regular presenter at numerous events including the HAI conference at Carnforth, Lancashire and our own Start the Year conference on June 29.
What next? Having recently been promoted to Deputy Head of Midwifery, Amanda shows no signs of slowing down but has instead entered an Excellence Award competition with Chester University and, if she is successful, hopes to put the £500.00 prize money to funding her next project, a Masters in Business Management.
Publications: RCM Midwifery
1/4/2010 Naked below the elbow
1/8/2010 Challenging the status quo
1/1/2011 Taking the lead
1/6/2011 Learning and skills counsel