RCN Healthcare Assistant Award finalist: Amanda Sharman

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RCN Healthcare Assistant Award finalist: Amanda Sharman

Dialysis assistant, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

As well as being caring to patients, relatives and colleagues, Mandys dialysis skills are of an extremely high standard and she works hard to constantly improve. She performs her extended roles of health and safety and falls champion with commitment and enthusiasm. Mandy prioritised reviewing and updating health and safety risk assessments for staff and patients, and made a significant contribution to the production of a renal-specific out-patient falls assessment tool now used across a number of sites. She improved patient experience by championing the provision of safer, more comfortable chairs for patients having dialysis.

Picture credit: Chris Balcombe

The RCN Healthcare Assistant Award is supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing.

The Royal College of Nursing


In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing celebrates a centenary as the voice of the profession. From its original educational and professional objectives, the college has grown into the largest professional union for nursing with more than 430,000 members including nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and students. It continues to campaign across the UK and internationally, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of nursing staff and their patients. Sponsoring the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award tonight is just part of the colleges commitment to supporting nursing excellence for 100 years more.