Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of our 2020 Nurse Awards.

Rosa Ungpakorn
Advanced nursing practice Sponsored by RCN Winner Rosa Ungpakorn Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Rosa Ungpakorn’s research has involved designing and leading the Westminster street nurse project, delivering on-the-spot advanced nursing care – clinical assessments, diagnosis and treatment – directly to the most vulnerable homeless people. Street outreach had been limited to signposting but now nurses assess a range of issues including infections, musculoskeletal pain, respiratory issues and parasitic infestations. They prescribe medication and basic wound care as well as referrals to mental health, midwifery, safeguarding and substance misuse services. Despite having no additional funding, the project has seen a 400% increase in the number of patients seen on street outreach, 80% of whom had not been accessing in-reach services.

Rosa Ungpakorn
Advanced nursing practice Sponsored by RCN Winner Rosa Ungpakorn Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Rosa Ungpakorn’s research has involved designing and leading the Westminster street nurse project, delivering on-the-spot advanced nursing care – clinical assessments, diagnosis and treatment – directly to the most vulnerable homeless people. Street outreach had been limited to signposting but now nurses assess a range of issues including infections, musculoskeletal pain, respiratory issues and parasitic infestations. They prescribe medication and basic wound care as well as referrals to mental health, midwifery, safeguarding and substance misuse services. Despite having no additional funding, the project has seen a 400% increase in the number of patients seen on street outreach, 80% of whom had not been accessing in-reach services.

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Advanced Care Academy team NHS Grampian
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Colm Darby and Vincent McLarnon Southern Health and Social Care Trust
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Helen Bishton Spectrum Community Health Community Interest Company
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Helen Francis and Julie Boulton University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Giselle Padmore-Payne
Child health Supported by Nursing Children and Young People Winner Giselle Padmore-Payne King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Roald Dahl transition senior nurse specialist Ms Padmore Payne supports and empowers children and young people with non-malignant haematological conditions, such as sickle cell and thalassaemia, as they move to adult services. As well as providing young people with one-to-one guidance and advocacy, engaging this hard-to-reach group through social media, WhatsApp and video presentations, Ms Padmore-Payne tirelessly organises transition workshops, patient support groups and peer mentoring. She receives excellent feedback for her patient-led pathway and has also developed training and resources for her colleagues.

Giselle Padmore-Payne
Child health Supported by Nursing Children and Young People Winner Giselle Padmore-Payne King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Roald Dahl transition senior nurse specialist Ms Padmore Payne supports and empowers children and young people with non-malignant haematological conditions, such as sickle cell and thalassaemia, as they move to adult services. As well as providing young people with one-to-one guidance and advocacy, engaging this hard-to-reach group through social media, WhatsApp and video presentations, Ms Padmore-Payne tirelessly organises transition workshops, patient support groups and peer mentoring. She receives excellent feedback for her patient-led pathway and has also developed training and resources for her colleagues.

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Clinical team Chestnut Tree House Hospice
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Community children’s nursing team Southern Health and Social Care Trust
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Mental and physical health rotation team Barts Health NHS Trust/NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
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School nursing special needs team Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Admiral Nurse service
Commitment to Carers Award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Admiral Nurse service Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

This team of nurses has put in place a range of measures to improve the support given to hundreds of people informally caring for someone with dementia. More than 500 carers have been visited in the community or hospital, with more than 370 using the peer support group. There is a dedicated support clinic for hospital staff who are also carers. The team’s intervention prevented more than 80 admissions in its first nine months. Carers themselves have driven the content of the team’s Carers Equip programme. Weekly training and support sessions, held in community centres, cover continence, end of life, resilience and well-being for carers as well as falls prevention.

Admiral Nurse service
Commitment to Carers Award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Admiral Nurse service Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

This team of nurses has put in place a range of measures to improve the support given to hundreds of people informally caring for someone with dementia. More than 500 carers have been visited in the community or hospital, with more than 370 using the peer support group. There is a dedicated support clinic for hospital staff who are also carers. The team’s intervention prevented more than 80 admissions in its first nine months. Carers themselves have driven the content of the team’s Carers Equip programme. Weekly training and support sessions, held in community centres, cover continence, end of life, resilience and well-being for carers as well as falls prevention.

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Accelerator schools project team NHSE/I
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Esther Walker St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, West Sussex
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Lynda Edwards Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
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Rachel Wright Born at the Right Time
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The Carers Academy team NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Ben Hood
Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing Award Sponsored by Cancer Research UK Winner Ben Hood Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The National Experimental Cancer Medicine Nurse Steering Group was concerned that nurse recruitment, gaps in undergraduate education and lack of awareness of the role of clinical research nurses would have an impact on early and late phase cancer research and the patients who might benefit from it. Steering group member Mr Hood volunteered to develop a pilot project to highlight the role of clinical research nurses in cancer services that could be used across the UK. He delivered education sessions to 2,000 students in north east England, and presentations for Edinburgh Napier University and is currently developing this work into an E-learning resource for undergraduate nurses in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research. There are plans to develop the work nationally.

Ben Hood
Excellence in Cancer Research Nursing Award Sponsored by Cancer Research UK Winner Ben Hood Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The National Experimental Cancer Medicine Nurse Steering Group was concerned that nurse recruitment, gaps in undergraduate education and lack of awareness of the role of clinical research nurses would have an impact on early and late phase cancer research and the patients who might benefit from it. Steering group member Mr Hood volunteered to develop a pilot project to highlight the role of clinical research nurses in cancer services that could be used across the UK. He delivered education sessions to 2,000 students in north east England, and presentations for Edinburgh Napier University and is currently developing this work into an E-learning resource for undergraduate nurses in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research. There are plans to develop the work nationally.

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Amparo Domingo Lacasa University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Early phase clinical trials team Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
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Greater Manchester education team The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
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The research and innovation team Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Marie Roberts
General Practice & Community Nursing award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Marie Roberts Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Recognising that oral care was not being completed efficiently, lead clinical facilitator for supportive palliative care for care homes Marie Roberts created a working group with the dentistry team and persuaded an oral hygiene company to provide free and frequent training to 374 healthcare staff. Alongside her full-time role, she developed a teaching package and resource for each care home and district nursing team to help them assess, plan, manage and evaluate oral care issues. Her passion and the support she offered care home staff secured their engagement. Oral care across all the trust’s settings has improved, with the acute sector also adapting the work and sending staff for training.

Marie Roberts
General Practice & Community Nursing award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Marie Roberts Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Recognising that oral care was not being completed efficiently, lead clinical facilitator for supportive palliative care for care homes Marie Roberts created a working group with the dentistry team and persuaded an oral hygiene company to provide free and frequent training to 374 healthcare staff. Alongside her full-time role, she developed a teaching package and resource for each care home and district nursing team to help them assess, plan, manage and evaluate oral care issues. Her passion and the support she offered care home staff secured their engagement. Oral care across all the trust’s settings has improved, with the acute sector also adapting the work and sending staff for training.

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Ben Bowers University of Cambridge
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Donna-Marie Thomas Powys Teaching Health Board
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Janet Keauffling Abertawe Medical Partnership
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Joyce Pickering Cricketfield Surgery (Newton Abbott)
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Philippa Hynam Coleridge Medical Centre
Ana Waddington
Innovations in your specialty Sponsored by Impelsys Winner Ana Waddington Barts Health NHS Trust

Nursing sister Ana Waddington took action in frustration over the number of young people arriving at her emergency department as victims of serious youth violence. One teenager died unnecessarily because his friends were unaware they needed to apply pressure to his wound. Ms Waddington set up the YourStance project, which runs workshops that teach young people aged 13-25 lifesaving skills. She started with three volunteers using a manikin in Feltham Young Offenders Institution near London but now, in her own time, coordinates the 150 NHS volunteers she has recruited, including nurses, doctors and paramedics. Using her savings and working extra bank shifts to help fund the project, she has reached hundreds of young people.

Ana Waddington
Innovations in your specialty Sponsored by Impelsys Winner Ana Waddington Barts Health NHS Trust

Nursing sister Ana Waddington took action in frustration over the number of young people arriving at her emergency department as victims of serious youth violence. One teenager died unnecessarily because his friends were unaware they needed to apply pressure to his wound. Ms Waddington set up the YourStance project, which runs workshops that teach young people aged 13-25 lifesaving skills. She started with three volunteers using a manikin in Feltham Young Offenders Institution near London but now, in her own time, coordinates the 150 NHS volunteers she has recruited, including nurses, doctors and paramedics. Using her savings and working extra bank shifts to help fund the project, she has reached hundreds of young people.

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0-19 Service The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
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Angela Woodley NHS Western Isles
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Bladder and bowel nursing team NHS Lothian
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Prison Healthcare Northern Ireland South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
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Whittle Hall study team L&M Healthcare
Healthcare Parc Prison team
Learning disability nursing Supported by Learning Disability Practice Winner Healthcare Parc Prison team G4S Health Services

The learning disability nurses at HMP Parc have transformed the experience of people with learning disabilities through their wide-ranging Cynnwys (inclusion) project. A specific wing has been developed to safeguard and support people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions. A holistic and person-centred approach encompasses their education, complex health and sensory needs, including meaningful and therapeutic activities and behaviour management plans in a way never before achieved in a prison setting. The nurses have also built relationships to improve the transition from custody to community, and put safeguarding measures in place to reduce the risk of reoffending, harm and behaviours that challenge. 

Healthcare Parc Prison team
Learning disability nursing Supported by Learning Disability Practice Winner Healthcare Parc Prison team G4S Health Services

The learning disability nurses at HMP Parc have transformed the experience of people with learning disabilities through their wide-ranging Cynnwys (inclusion) project. A specific wing has been developed to safeguard and support people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions. A holistic and person-centred approach encompasses their education, complex health and sensory needs, including meaningful and therapeutic activities and behaviour management plans in a way never before achieved in a prison setting. The nurses have also built relationships to improve the transition from custody to community, and put safeguarding measures in place to reduce the risk of reoffending, harm and behaviours that challenge. 

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East Cheshire community learning disability health team Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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Jennifer Hudson Ready2Shine CIC
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Michael Fullerton Achieve Together
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Tower Hamlets community learning disability service East London NHS Foundation Trust
Geoff Brennan
Mental health nursing Supported by Mental Health Practice Winner Geoff Brennan Star Wards

Mr Brennan is committed to eliminating restraint and restrictive practices used on inpatients with mental ill health or learning disabilities throughout the UK and across the world. He inspires and encourages the use of other ways to minimise aggression and challenging behaviour while promoting safety and maintaining personal dignity for people who are in crisis on acute inpatient wards. Over the past 30 years he has created carers’ groups and benchmarks, delivered projects and research, undertaken inspections and chaired acute care forums. He is executive director for Star Wards – part of social justice charity Bright – providing practical ideas and sharing examples from and for mental health ward staff.

Geoff Brennan
Mental health nursing Supported by Mental Health Practice Winner Geoff Brennan Star Wards

Mr Brennan is committed to eliminating restraint and restrictive practices used on inpatients with mental ill health or learning disabilities throughout the UK and across the world. He inspires and encourages the use of other ways to minimise aggression and challenging behaviour while promoting safety and maintaining personal dignity for people who are in crisis on acute inpatient wards. Over the past 30 years he has created carers’ groups and benchmarks, delivered projects and research, undertaken inspections and chaired acute care forums. He is executive director for Star Wards – part of social justice charity Bright – providing practical ideas and sharing examples from and for mental health ward staff.

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Ardenleigh women’s secure blended service Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
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Euan Hails Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
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Positive and safe care team Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
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We can talk Healthy Teen Minds
Temitope Babajide
Nursing student Sponsored by Nursing & Midwifery Council Winner Temitope Babajide Anglia Ruskin University

Temitope Babajide decided to undertake her elective in a regional hospital in Ghana, fundraising to ship medical equipment and supplies donated by her placement trust. Once there, as part of a service improvement project she gave a presentation on using gloves to nurses, colleagues and the wider multidisciplinary team, adapting resources from a gloves awareness conference she had attended at home. She helped run a sport event at a local orphanage and organised a widows’ event, which included a health check, empowerment session and free lunch. Through that screening, some patients received diagnosis of underlying conditions and are now receiving appropriate treatment.

Temitope Babajide
Nursing student Sponsored by Nursing & Midwifery Council Winner Temitope Babajide Anglia Ruskin University

Temitope Babajide decided to undertake her elective in a regional hospital in Ghana, fundraising to ship medical equipment and supplies donated by her placement trust. Once there, as part of a service improvement project she gave a presentation on using gloves to nurses, colleagues and the wider multidisciplinary team, adapting resources from a gloves awareness conference she had attended at home. She helped run a sport event at a local orphanage and organised a widows’ event, which included a health check, empowerment session and free lunch. Through that screening, some patients received diagnosis of underlying conditions and are now receiving appropriate treatment.

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Fiona Fitch University of Suffolk
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Lynsey McLaughlin Queen’s University Belfast
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Nathan Harrison University of Salford
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Rebecca Lennox and Robyn Mills Liverpool John Moores University
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Ricky Baker University of Worcester
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Sean Prendergast and Laura McAdam University of Abertay and University of Stirling
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Student Empowerment Group University of Chester
Rea Pugh-Davies
Nursing support worker Sponsored by RCN Winner Rea Pugh-Davies Swansea Bay University Health Board

As part of the learning disability team at Neath Port Talbot Hospital theatres, healthcare support worker Ms Pugh-Davies’ helps to maintain patient safety standards. These standards have dramatically improved her patients’ experience and health. She attends best interest meetings to ensure she knows people’s likes and dislikes before developing individualised care plans, going the extra mile to print favourite posters to display in theatres or sourcing favourite films or music to alleviate patients’ anxiety. Her precision planning and desensitisation saw one patient accept his surgery and make changes to his strict routine that have enhanced his quality of life.

Rea Pugh-Davies
Nursing support worker Sponsored by RCN Winner Rea Pugh-Davies Swansea Bay University Health Board

As part of the learning disability team at Neath Port Talbot Hospital theatres, healthcare support worker Ms Pugh-Davies’ helps to maintain patient safety standards. These standards have dramatically improved her patients’ experience and health. She attends best interest meetings to ensure she knows people’s likes and dislikes before developing individualised care plans, going the extra mile to print favourite posters to display in theatres or sourcing favourite films or music to alleviate patients’ anxiety. Her precision planning and desensitisation saw one patient accept his surgery and make changes to his strict routine that have enhanced his quality of life.

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Alex Worgan Velindre University NHS Trust
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Michelle Milne Children’s Hospices Across Scotland
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Rebecca Greenacre Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Robin Kelly Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Isobel Corrie
Patient’s Choice Winner Isobel Corrie South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

James Birch was on a flight home from Thailand with his partner when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. He credits fellow passenger Isobel Corrie for saving his life, and has nominated her for the Patient’s Choice award. ‘Despite only recently having qualified, this brave young lady answered the call for help and pulled me back from a flat-line cardiac arrest,’ says Mr Birch. ‘In the cramped environment of a long- haul aircraft at 38,000 feet, she managed the small cabin crew team for 45 minutes until we could divert to a suitable airport. The emergency care she supervised was so thorough that despite the length of time the event continued for, I suffered very few health consequences.’

Isobel Corrie
Patient’s Choice Winner Isobel Corrie South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

James Birch was on a flight home from Thailand with his partner when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. He credits fellow passenger Isobel Corrie for saving his life, and has nominated her for the Patient’s Choice award. ‘Despite only recently having qualified, this brave young lady answered the call for help and pulled me back from a flat-line cardiac arrest,’ says Mr Birch. ‘In the cramped environment of a long- haul aircraft at 38,000 feet, she managed the small cabin crew team for 45 minutes until we could divert to a suitable airport. The emergency care she supervised was so thorough that despite the length of time the event continued for, I suffered very few health consequences.’

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Marie Perry NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group
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Mary Makarau Central London Community Health NHS Trust
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Noreen Ferguson Western Health and Social Care Trust
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Rebecca Betts-Richards Aspire Mental Health Care
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Rekha Govindan Chegworth Nursing Home
Care homes assessment team
Team of the year Sponsored by LV Winner Care homes assessment team Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Service lead Melanie Pettitt’s commitment and vision have driven this multidisciplinary team’s integrated physical and mental health service, which has significantly improved the quality of life and end of life for care home residents. The team’s holistic approach puts care home residents and their families at the centre of all care, and its training has been delivered to more than 7,600 care home staff on 59 subjects. Emergency department admissions have plummeted and more than 8,400 hospital attendances have been avoided. All but 1% of residents died in their preferred place of death. Falls have been reduced and 39% of residents have had their medication reduced or stopped.

Care homes assessment team
Team of the year Sponsored by LV Winner Care homes assessment team Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Service lead Melanie Pettitt’s commitment and vision have driven this multidisciplinary team’s integrated physical and mental health service, which has significantly improved the quality of life and end of life for care home residents. The team’s holistic approach puts care home residents and their families at the centre of all care, and its training has been delivered to more than 7,600 care home staff on 59 subjects. Emergency department admissions have plummeted and more than 8,400 hospital attendances have been avoided. All but 1% of residents died in their preferred place of death. Falls have been reduced and 39% of residents have had their medication reduced or stopped.

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Blood-borne virus team Health in Justice
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Causeway Hospital rehabilitation team Northern Health and Social Care Trust
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End of life care team Claire House Hospice for Children
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Integrated family-delivered neonatal care team Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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