29 November 2017
A Redbridge nurse is heading to Australia on a fact-finding mission after being awarded the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship.
Vincenzo Calascibetta, a 32-year-old nurse at Spire London East Hospital, Redbridge, picked up the award after producing a project looking at acute post-operative pain management.
Born and trained in Italy, Vincenzo, who lives in Ilford, became a nurse in 2011 before moving to England in 2015 and joining Spire London East Hospital the following year.
He will now head to Sydney, Australia where he'll observe pain management services at the Royal North Shore Hospital and at the Pain Management Research Institute. He will also attend a two week multidisciplinary Pain Management Workshop.
Vincenzo said: “This is a dream come true for me as I have always had a deep interest in pain management – plus I love travelling.
“This will give me an amazing chance to observe closely nursing practices in another country which I think will really help me in my strong belief that these kind of experiences promote professional and personal growth.
“My ultimate goal is to work as part of a pain management team and this experience will really put me on the right road to achieving that.”
Vincenzo explained that although there were many people he wanted to thank, he wanted to give a special mention to Spire London East Hospital Matron, Patricia Turner who supported him as he prepared his project.
Spire London East Hospital Director Adrian Brady said: “We are all very proud of what Vincenzo has achieved. He is a very valuable member of our team and we are all sure he will make the very best of this fantastic opportunity to broaden his nursing knowledge.”