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International accolade for trust’s nurse leadership and career opportunities

Nottingham University Hospitals trust chief nurse speaks of her pride at teams’ achievements
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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse speaks of her pride at teams achievements

The quality of one trust's nurse leadership and career development has attracted international recognition.

Nottingham Childrens Hospital and the city's sexual health services secured the Pathway to Excellence accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Centre , making Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust the first employer in the UK to do so.

Job satisfaction for nurses is a factor in high-quality patient care

Nottingham Childrens Hospital divisional nurse Lesley Reilly , described the announcement as a fantastic achievement.

What could we wish for more as nurses than knowing the care we provide to our patients and their families is of an internationally recognised standard it doesnt get much better than that, she said.

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse speaks of her pride at teams’ achievements


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The quality of one trust's nurse leadership and career development has attracted international recognition.

Nottingham Children’s Hospital and the city's sexual health services secured the Pathway to Excellence accreditation from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Centre, making Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust the first employer in the UK to do so. 

Job satisfaction for nurses is a factor in high-quality patient care

Nottingham Children’s Hospital divisional nurse Lesley Reilly, described the announcement as ‘a fantastic achievement’.

‘What could we wish for more as nurses than knowing the care we provide to our patients and their families is of an internationally recognised standard – it doesn’t get much better than that,’ she said.

‘I am incredibly proud and this is particularly special for us as 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale’

Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

The accreditation recognises an employer’s ability to retain nurses by offering high job satisfaction and standards of professional development, resulting in outstanding patient care.


Chief nurse Mandie Sunderland

Ms Reilly revealed that the nursing team sought accreditation to have their work recognised.

‘It is important to our nurses that our patients and their families can have the confidence that when they meet our teams, they are receiving the highest standard of care,’ she said.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse Mandie Sunderland, added: ‘I am incredibly proud of this achievement and it is particularly special for us as 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.’

Accreditation criteria – six standards of excellence

To achieve the accreditation, services must provide evidence of excellence in six standards:

  • Shared decision making.
  • Leadership.
  • Safety.
  • Quality.
  • Wellbeing.
  • Professional development.

Opinions of nursing staff were key to the award

To test whether employers meet the criteria, nursing staff are questioned in a confidential survey. Employers must secure a 60% response rate, with at least 50% of nurses agreeing with a set of 28 propositions.

Of the 544 nurses eligible to take part, 516 (94.8%) responded, with 75% endorsing all 28 survey statements.


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