Ismalia de Sousa

Ismalia de Sousa@NHS from 10/09/18 to 14/09/18

Twitter: @Ismalia_S

Job title: Clinical nurse specialist in stroke

Place of work: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Ismalia de Sousa qualified as a general registered nurse in Portugal in 2009 in Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, that included a three month clinical placement in Helsinki (Finland) as part of the ERASMUS program. In 2009, she moved to London and started working as a staff nurse at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in one of the newly opened Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in London. Her nursing experience also includes medical and surgical nursing. In 2013, Ismalia became a Clinical nurse specialist in stroke in the same trust and completed her Masters in Neuroscience Care Advanced Practice at King’s College London.

Her current role involves: direct clinical care; education; management and leadership; audit and research; quality improvement and service development. The direct clinical care includes the advanced nursing assessment, diagnosis and management of patients presenting to hospital or the Rapid Access Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) clinic with a potential stroke or TIA. In addition, she provides comprehensive advice, information and secondary stroke prevention to patients and families. Her role also includes the co-ordination of a stroke support group for patients, families and carers and provision of advice and rescue work via telephone and/or email to stroke survivors discharged from hospital.

Ismalia is involved in the development of stroke specific educational programs for nurses and allied healthcare professionals. She provides leadership and direction in the delivery of nursing care and development of relevant policies and programs within the stroke service. Her audit and research responsibilities include facilitating recruitment and participation of stroke patients in research trials and the collection and analysis of data relevant to the standards set for stroke services. This also allows Ismalia to lead and suggest areas for improvements and development in the service.

Ismalia is a member of the Royal College of Nursing Neuroscience Forum Steering Committee. She represents nursing in the National Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party and co-chairs the National Senior Nurse Thrombectomy group. She has published and is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing.