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Steve manages the procedure team at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust. He and his team insert PICCs, Skin tunnelled CVCs, implanted ports, undertake bone marrow biopsies and abdominal paracentesis.
Prior to entering the field of vascular access/procedures, Steve worked in Coronary care, Intensive care and as a Surgical Nurse Clinician.
Whilst managing the team at The Christie Steve has introduced the implanted port service benchmarked with European centres of excellence and led the redesign of the Trust’s abdominal paracentesis service, saving £250,000 p/a, reducing hospital stay by 75%. He is a leading clinician in catheter tip guidance/placement, evaluating a number of technologies and currently places PICCs, tunnelled CVCs and implanted ports using ECG catheter tip confirmation.
He has an avid interest in research and is involved in a number of research studies/audits including being a Principal Investigator for the CAVA study, a multi-centre RCT. He has presented on vascular access related topics nationally and internationally; he has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and has developed teaching and education programmes for industry. He has run Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of Radiologists accredited training programmes in vascular access.
As a member of IPS forum on Vessel Health and Preservation (VHP), Steve has contributed to the development of the VHP programme and is a passionate advocate of the concept and any clinical practice that improves patient outcomes. He has received the Pfizer Excellence in Oncology Award, Highly Commended Nursing Times awards and other accolades for providing innovations and improving practice.