Winners by category
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of our 2018 Nurse Awards.
In 2015, first-year adult nursing student Katie was given a 15% chance of survival after contracting sepsis. During her long recovery she completed an access-to-nursing course through distance learning with the intention of raising awareness of the life-threatening condition. Just months after starting her degree, she organised a successful Sepsis Champions event that more than 210 nursing students applied to attend. Feedback was excellent. She is holding further events at De Montfort University and helping students to hold the event at other universities. She is a speaker at the Patient Safety Congress 2018.
This is the first team in Scotland to develop a service for patients who are diagnosed with metastatic cancer of unknown primary, who fell outside of existing pathways but had complex care journeys with numerous hospital stays and investigations, and a very poor prognosis. These vulnerable patients now have a more equitable experience to patients of site-specific tumours with a dedicated multidisciplinary team, and formal diagnostic and treatment pathways. This is ensuring earlier, honest discussions with patients and their loved ones, and improving links with other specialist services including palliative care. These quality and experience improvements have also delivered cost savings.
Head of children and young people community nursing service, Ms Ward developed a tool to improve the poor access to nursing care of 1,500 children and young people attending West Sussex special educational needs schools. The nursing assessment tool has improved the service model and skill mix, enabling an increase from two to ten nurses supporting pupils with complex needs. The tool has informed every child’s education, health and social care plan (EHCP) and has been adopted in Surrey, Kent, Sheffield and Bradford.
Senior nurse practitioner Hannah Bjorkstrand, carer liaison worker Nasima Begum and peer support worker Naz Islam have established a fortnightly Carers hub, for the isolated carers of people using Tower Hamlets primary care mental health service. The safe, supportive space allows carers to connect with others, focus on their own wellbeing and get practical and emotional support. Carers are signposted to groups and initiatives and the hub offers wellbeing activities such as yoga and physical health checks and the multicultural community is celebrated at Eid and Christmas parties. Carers give support and advice to each other.
Police forensic custody nurse Mr Teague-Hellon has 30 minutes to assess and treat homeless and vulnerable young people and adults at Staffordshire Northern Area Custody Facility so in his own time he set up care at night shelters. There, he dresses leg ulcers and makes referrals of mental health. He provides foodbank vouchers for those in crisis to feed families. Custody can refer homeless detainees to the shelters rather than keeping them locked up in a cell overnight. The arrest rate has significantly dropped and in most cases, they have not re-offended because of the night shelters.
Professor Jarman secured funding and created from scratch a flourishing research unit in the emergency department at St George's Hospital in London. The unit has expanded to a team of four nursing whole time equivalents and a research fellow, providing cover from 8am to 10pm every day. Professor Jarman trains and mentors novice researchers, and supports consultants and nurses to enable them to become principal investigators. Nurses have the opportunity to become active in research, recruiting patients and doing follow-ups. The unit’s growing reputation has resulted in approaches from international research teams to join studies.
Foteini Rozakeas is responsible for screening, recruiting, consenting and registering patients into the PEACE study – the Posthumous Evaluation of Advanced Cancer Environment - study. Her minimum target of 10-15 tissue harvests post-mortem per year is met in a sensitive, respectful and dignified way. She liaises with supporting recruiting sites and affiliated institutions such as hospices and the PEACE multidisciplinary team to coordinate the tissue harvests in a timely manner, 24-72 hours after death. She assists with the collection of blood and tissue samples taken at baseline and up to four further points before death, including their processing, storage and tracking.
Fiona, a specialist learning disability healthcare assistant at Derriford Hospital, works across the outpatients to coordinate appointments and directly support people with a learning disability to ensure they have equal and timely access to diagnosis and treatment. She follows up every missed appointment, and works with the patients and carers to ensure they can attend and has developed a new outpatient pathway. Fiona has advised consultants and supported families and carers through the best interest processes. Feedback from carers and colleagues is complimentary and, in the case of her patients, heart-warming.
Arrhythmia nurse specialist Angela has developed innovative services to improve the care, experience and safety of patients with heart rhythm disorders, and reduce healthcare costs. She persuaded colleagues to make Jersey General Hospital the first centre in the UK to introduce a drug to treat rapid onset atrial fibrillation and prevent admissions. Other drugs are now offered locally preventing vulnerable patients enduring the stress of travelling off the island for treatment. Angela identified a need for a rapid-access transient loss of consciousness clinic. Patients experiencing blackouts were waiting months to see a cardiologist or neurologist. Angela’s new clinic sees patients within two weeks.
Dementia nurse consultant Yvonne Manson has established a care programme improving quality of life for more than 700 residents in 25 care homes. Her passion for dementia care and removing the stigma associated with working or living in a care home drives her to ensure staff are trained and supported to provide a high standard of dementia care for residents and to strive for excellence at all times. To ensure people with dementia and carers have a voice, she collected views from all residents, families and staff about what they wanted. Her passion has proved infectious – there are now 90 dementia champions throughout the group’s homes.
Ms Hartley-Smith recognised that children and young people in north Lancashire who have a learning disability, are on the autistic spectrum and who present with behaviours that challenge had no access to a specialist nursing service. Many families were already in crisis, so she developed a cost-effective service, through determination and dedication. There was an immediate surge of referrals for children with complex and challenging behaviours but the team Ms Hartley-Smith leads is supporting the children and young people, as well as their families, in avoiding out of area placements and unnecessary hospital admissions.
This team transformed the mental healthcare of children and young people, turning services from inadequate to outstanding in 18 months. When the Brookside Adolescent Inpatient Unit was closed for modernisation, the team decided to treat patients at home. It now offers 24-hour crisis provision, increasing scope for positive risk-taking and treating young people in the least restrictive environment. The home treatment team is keeping young people with emotional dysregulation and self-harm out of hospital. In one year it prevented 244 admissions. Inpatient length of stay has been significantly reduced to an average of 25 days. Restraint incidents have fallen dramatically.
Specialist nurse practitioner Lorraine Haining leads the interdisciplinary specialist IDEAS team (Interventions for Dementia, Education, Assessment and Support) promoting understanding of stress and distress, and non-pharmacological approaches in dementia care to improve patients’ quality of life. The team provides education, support and advice including specialist assessment and consultation. Her pilot in care homes was so successful she developed a permanent team rolled out to general hospitals or any setting where a person with dementia spends time. Enthusiastic and dedicated, Ms Haining has promoted the vital role of nurses in all settings in caring for people with dementia, ensuring training is accessible to all and tailored to individual needs.
Alison Cairns says her team is ‘a bit overwhelmed and totally shocked’ to be nominated for such a prestigious award. She, along with Bridgeen Canning and Caroline McCloskey, of the home therapies team in the renal unit at Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Northern Ireland, were nominated by Carmel McMonagle and her husband Joe for their dedication and commitment to patients. Ms McMonagle had her kidneys removed after a cancer diagnosis and was on dialysis for seven years until Joe donated one of his kidneys. ‘It has been such a journey – without the home therapies team I don’t know how I would have coped,’ she says. ‘These nurses made sure I knew what was going on, and that I was able to get on with my life.’