Mrs Marie Digner, RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, AMIHM (Senior)

Mrs Marie Digner, RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, AMIHM (Senior)

Past-President of Preoperative Association 2015-17


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Marie’s career began in 1987 as a staff Nurse in General Surgery. Her interest in preoperative assessment was developed through studies as part of a first degree in the early 1990’s. In 1993 her undergraduate dissertation explored the concept of pre-admission assessment for elective surgical patients.

During the latter part of the 1990’s Marie was Lecturer Practitioner in Evidence Based Practice, on a joint appointment between Bolton Hospitals and the Research and Development Support Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. The role  involved  teaching  modules on research methods to post registration Health Professionals.

Returning to full time clinical practice in 2000 Marie became Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pre-admission Assessment, during which time she worked with the multi professional team to standardise protocols, guidelines, processes and the documentation for pre-operative assessment. During this time Bolton became  the first Hospital in the country to utilise the knowledge and experience of NHS Direct to undertake telephone based pre-operative assessment for patients with less complex needs.

Marie completed an MSc in Professional Practice (Development and Evaluation) in 2003 with a qualitative study exploring patients expectations of a Pre-admission Assessment Service.

Marie’s current position is Clinical Manager, Outpatients, Ambulatory Services, Access, Booking, Choice and Health Records Services. She is a member of the editorial review panel of the Journal of Perioperative Practice and has several  publications relating to preoperative assessment.

With a particular interest in developing teams through the use of coaching techniques and  engagement methodologies Marie is presently a clinical member of the advisory panel for a research study commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research  exploring Engagement in the NHS.