Nurse Awards

RCNi Nurse Awards: Nurse of the Year 2016 winner

Venetia Wynter-Blyth has been named as RCN nurse of the year 2016 for her holistic approach to getting patients both physically and psychologically fit for surgery.

Venetia Wynter-Blyth Mark Hakansson

Ms Wynter-Blyth, lead upper gastrointestinal clinical nurse specialist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, invented a method that has helped 80 patients in two years to be fully involved in their cancer treatment.

She received her award from RCN general secretary Janet Davies, its president Cecilia Amin and comedian Lucy Porter during a ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London this evening (May 6).

Amanda Burston, who won the award last year and was one of the judges this year, described Ms Wynter-Blyth’s programme as ‘outstanding and powerful’.

Venetia Wynter-Blyth Nathan Clarke

Ms Wynter-Blyth founded the PREPARE system which stands for: physical activity; removal of bad habits; eat well; psychological wellbeing; ask about medications; respiratory exercises; enhanced recovery.

Before the PREPARE programme, Ms Wynter-Blyth said there was little or no structured support to help them prepare to have major surgery after being diagnosed with cancer. ‘This left a lot of patients feeling anxious and like they had no control over what was happening to them,’ she told RCNi.

Ms Wynter-Blyth and her team were also named winners of the Innovations in Your Specialty category presented by the senior partnership manager of sponsors LV=, Chris Brooks.

The full list of winners is:

Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award (sponsored by RCN) – Learning Disability Awareness Network, University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University

Bank Nurse Award (sponsored by NHS Professionals) – The Cardiovascular Health Check Team, West Berkshire Council/Bracknell Forest Council

Cancer Nursing Award (sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support) – Aylsford Unit Nursing Team, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

Child Health (sponsored by Nursing Children and Young People) – Ruth Butler for Health Matters

Community Nursing Award (sponsored by Superdrug) – Deep Vein Thrombosis Specialist Team, SEQOL Specialist Treatment Centre

Excellence in Cancer Research Award (sponsored by Cancer Research UK) – Bone Cancer Research Trust PoPP Study Team

Innovations in Your Specialty Award (sponsored by LV=) – PREPARE for surgery programme, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Leadership Award (sponsored by NHS England) – Virgin Care Community Nursing Team

Learning Disability Nursing Award (sponsored by Cambian) – The Health Equalities Framework

Mental Health Practice Award (sponsored by Mental Health Practice) – Practice Development Team, Black Country Partnership

Nursing Older People Award (sponsored by Hallmark Care Homes) – Geraldine Rodgers, nurse consultant for frailty and long-term conditions NELFT NHS Foundation Trust

RCN Healthcare Assistant Award – Steven Evans-Jones, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

The Supporting Carers Award – Angela McDonald, bereavement trainer for children and families, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

The Patient’s Choice Award (sponsored by Yakult and LBC) – Kelly Stackhouse, lead bowel function clinical nurse specialist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust