United Kingdom 2020: Nicola Exton / NHS

Delegate: Nicola Exton

Affiliations: NHS

Short Bio: Nicola’s interest in sleep medicine was sparked when first appointed as a sleep nurse in the largest sleep centre in Scotland, Edinburgh. During this time, her skills and knowledge of the speciality where enhanced. She has underpinned her practice and clinical knowledge in sleep medicine by graduating from Oxford University.
She is now working as sleep apnoea nurse specialist within an NHS hospital where she is involved in developing the sleep service. As a service she assesses, diagnoses and treats patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea throughout the county of Cumbria.
Nicola has a passion to provide a quality service to her patients and feels that by becoming a delegate will enable her to showcase the developing service and highlight the importance of sleep medicine to her colleagues and the wider population.

Activity: World Sleep Day Awareness Event
This year, as part of world sleep day 2020 the sleep service based within the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle will be hosting a sleep awareness event. This will be located in the main atrium of the hospital. It is aimed at both staff and the public to heighten awareness and understanding of healthy sleep as well as the developing service that we provide.
The aim of the event is to provide current statistical data and informative advice relating to a range of sleep conditions and their impact on health and well-being. A supporting charity has provided information leaflets to share with the public to reinforce the importance of healthy sleep and how this can promote ‘Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet’ which is the key message of Wold Sleep Day 2020.
The service has secured sleep related products from a local bed manufacturer including a bed, pillows and dressing gowns which will be given away to entice engagement in this event. Support from the trusts equipment provider has been sourced to enable demonstrations of CPAP therapy to be given throughout the event.

Location: North Cumbria Intergrated Care Trust

Date of Activity: 13/03/2020

Submitted By: Nicola Exton