Louise Clayton (BSH) Nurse
Louise Clayton (BSH) Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Heart Failure Hospital Service Lead, Leicester

Louise began her career in nursing in 1996 and spent four years working on a cardio-renal acute medical ward in Leicester. During this time her passion to improve the lives of patients living with heart failure was ignited. The ‘revolving door’ experience of those living with heart failure was all too apparent. In 2,000 Louise worked alongside Professor Iain Squire in a research trial which explored the effectiveness of heart failure specialist nurse interventions.

She then spent almost 14 years establishing and developing the Leicester City Community Heart Failure Nursing Service. In doing this, Louise had the opportunity to work alongside GPs and Acute Sector Consultants to provide that all important bridge between providers. She has held a number of Honorary lectures posts, teaching across the breadth of the multi-disciplinary team, including facilitating the Leicester programme of the Caledonian heart failure management course.

The last five years have been spent developing an Acute Heart Failure Service within University Hospitals of Leicester. Along with heart failure consultants the team now run a 72 hour urgent heart failure service, have a 27 bedded dedicated heart failure unit and specialist in-patient nursing team with excellent links to the wider MDT.

Louise is the Deputy Chair of the British Heart Failure Nurses forum and a board member of the British Society of Heart Failure. She is honoured to Chair the Alliance for Heart Failure, working with key stakeholders to promote and improve heart failure across the UK. Throughout her career she has maintained her clinical focus.

Seeing patients every day of the week and gaining the most satisfaction from the relationships forged during these times. Improving the lives of those affected by heart failure continues to be Louise’s passion.