Winners by category

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of our 2019 Nurse Awards.

Emily Kavanagh, Alice Waddington and Eve Hesketh
Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award Winner Emily Kavanagh, Alice Waddington and Eve Hesketh Edge Hill University

Inspired by a mum’s story of how her daughter Alice was unable to communicate with healthcare professionals, these learning disability nursing students have been raising awareness of Makaton signing with their university peers in other specialties.

After engaging with Alice’s mum, the student quality ambassadors began promoting the use of Makaton in learning disability champion workshops at the university, helping adult, child and mental health students develop their knowledge and practice. The communication aid they created has since been downloaded more than 5,200 times.

They work tirelessly to spread their work further afield, engaging with a wide and diverse population through social media.

Emily Kavanagh, Alice Waddington and Eve Hesketh
Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award Winner Emily Kavanagh, Alice Waddington and Eve Hesketh Edge Hill University

Inspired by a mum’s story of how her daughter Alice was unable to communicate with healthcare professionals, these learning disability nursing students have been raising awareness of Makaton signing with their university peers in other specialties.

After engaging with Alice’s mum, the student quality ambassadors began promoting the use of Makaton in learning disability champion workshops at the university, helping adult, child and mental health students develop their knowledge and practice. The communication aid they created has since been downloaded more than 5,200 times.

They work tirelessly to spread their work further afield, engaging with a wide and diverse population through social media.

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Daniel Branch
Daniel Branch University of Chester
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Jemma James
Jemma James Northumbria University
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StreetDoctors nursing student team
StreetDoctors nursing student team City, University of London
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Donna Walker
Team Hydr8 University of South Wales
Amy Dugdale
Cancer Nursing Award Sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support Winner Amy Dugdale Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Macmillan gynaecology clinical nurse specialist Amy Dugdale recognised patients with ovarian cancer were missing out on a life-prolonging drug because they had not undergone the genetic screening that would make them eligible to receive it.

Her small district general hospital did not have the resources to provide the counselling that genetic screening required, and referrals to genetic centres could be time-consuming, resulting in delays in treatment.

Ms Dugdale implemented her nurse-led BRCA testing service, ensuring that she was trained and able to inform and counsel patients appropriately, changing the disease course for a large number of women under the trust’s care.

Amy Dugdale
Cancer Nursing Award Sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support Winner Amy Dugdale Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Macmillan gynaecology clinical nurse specialist Amy Dugdale recognised patients with ovarian cancer were missing out on a life-prolonging drug because they had not undergone the genetic screening that would make them eligible to receive it.

Her small district general hospital did not have the resources to provide the counselling that genetic screening required, and referrals to genetic centres could be time-consuming, resulting in delays in treatment.

Ms Dugdale implemented her nurse-led BRCA testing service, ensuring that she was trained and able to inform and counsel patients appropriately, changing the disease course for a large number of women under the trust’s care.

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Catherine Lloyd-Bennett
Catherine Lloyd-Bennett Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
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Clatterbridge in the community team
Clatterbridge in the community team The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
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Karen Cock
Colorectal two-week wait team Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
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Denise Crouch
Denise Crouch University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Joanna Broderick
Child Health Award Winner Joanna Broderick Children and Family Health Devon

Community children’s nurse Joanna Broderick has developed a safe, structured oxygen-weaning guideline for babies with chronic neonatal lung disease that is transforming care for families in Devon Integrated Children’s Services.

The guideline provides details for when monitoring should take place and actions to be taken depending on oxygenation results. Ms Broderick successfully built a business case for the new equipment needed.

The process outlined in the guideline has halved the time taken to wean babies from an average of 168 hours to 68 hours. It has also improved the safety and effectiveness of the weaning process, as well as reducing the number of home visits families require.

Joanna Broderick
Child Health Award Winner Joanna Broderick Children and Family Health Devon

Community children’s nurse Joanna Broderick has developed a safe, structured oxygen-weaning guideline for babies with chronic neonatal lung disease that is transforming care for families in Devon Integrated Children’s Services.

The guideline provides details for when monitoring should take place and actions to be taken depending on oxygenation results. Ms Broderick successfully built a business case for the new equipment needed.

The process outlined in the guideline has halved the time taken to wean babies from an average of 168 hours to 68 hours. It has also improved the safety and effectiveness of the weaning process, as well as reducing the number of home visits families require.

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Asthma friendly schools nurse team
Asthma friendly schools nurse team Whittington Health NHS Trust
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Children's Hospital@Home team
Children's Hospital@Home team Whittington Health NHS Trust
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Katrina Sealey
Katrina Sealey CSH Surrey
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PANDA unit team
PANDA unit team Salford Care Organisation
Dementia Carers’ Support Service
Commitment to Carers Award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Dementia Carers’ Support Service Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Nurses Fe Franklin and Sally Kitchin set up this service to support carers of a relative with dementia after realising they were struggling to access services and support.

They have recruited former carers who have gone through the same experience and wish to ‘give something back’, creating a team of volunteer befrienders who offer one-to-one support and coaching for current carers, giving them the confidence to seek help and articulate what they need.

The volunteers hold monthly peer group supervision sessions for ongoing support and self-development, helping coordinator Ms Kitchin to pick up on mental and physical health needs.

Dementia Carers’ Support Service
Commitment to Carers Award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Dementia Carers’ Support Service Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Nurses Fe Franklin and Sally Kitchin set up this service to support carers of a relative with dementia after realising they were struggling to access services and support.

They have recruited former carers who have gone through the same experience and wish to ‘give something back’, creating a team of volunteer befrienders who offer one-to-one support and coaching for current carers, giving them the confidence to seek help and articulate what they need.

The volunteers hold monthly peer group supervision sessions for ongoing support and self-development, helping coordinator Ms Kitchin to pick up on mental and physical health needs.

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Carers and young carers working group
Carers and young carers working group Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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I-Care project
I-Care project Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
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Jodie Deards
Jodie Deards East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
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Young carers project
Young carers project Whittington Health NHS Trust
Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM
Community and General Practice Nursing Award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

This Queen’s Nurse developed the Five Guide – a simple tool to help health visitors explain to new mothers who have had a caesarean section why it’s important to take things easy.

The tool, created with the help of an RCN Foundation grant, helps clinicians explain abdominal healing, using their own hand to create a visual picture and highlight the five layers of skin are cut in the procedure.

The training Ms McKnight-Cowan developed will become mandatory across the trust. It has been completed by more than 130 health visitors, none of whom had previously received any training about cesareans.

Find out more: Celebrating Nursing Practice: Seven of the best projects

Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM
Community and General Practice Nursing Award Sponsored by NHS England Winner Janine McKnight-Cowan BEM Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

This Queen’s Nurse developed the Five Guide – a simple tool to help health visitors explain to new mothers who have had a caesarean section why it’s important to take things easy.

The tool, created with the help of an RCN Foundation grant, helps clinicians explain abdominal healing, using their own hand to create a visual picture and highlight the five layers of skin are cut in the procedure.

The training Ms McKnight-Cowan developed will become mandatory across the trust. It has been completed by more than 130 health visitors, none of whom had previously received any training about cesareans.

Find out more: Celebrating Nursing Practice: Seven of the best projects

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Childhood immunisation clinic guidelines team
Childhood immunisation clinic guidelines team RCN General Practice Nursing Forum
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Health integration team
Health integration team South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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Liverpool Diabetes Partnership nursing team
Liverpool Diabetes Partnership nursing team Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Rohit Sagoo
Rohit Sagoo Anglia Ruskin University
Emergency Department End of Life Team
Emergency Nursing Award Winner Emergency Department End of Life Team Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An appraisal discussion by members of the team spawned the idea of developing an end of life pathway at Northern General Hospital’s emergency department. Staff were frustrated that patients nearing the end of life were arriving at the emergency department and being cared for on trollies rather than their preferred place of death, which is often their home.

With support from nurse director Angela Harris, a 24/7 robust pathway has now been established for all patients who choose to die in their own home. This pathway includes a ‘comfort box’ that contains items such as syringe drivers, incontinence pads and mouth care equipment.

A new room for bereaved families and friends of patients has been created at the hospital.

Emergency Department End of Life Team
Emergency Nursing Award Winner Emergency Department End of Life Team Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An appraisal discussion by members of the team spawned the idea of developing an end of life pathway at Northern General Hospital’s emergency department. Staff were frustrated that patients nearing the end of life were arriving at the emergency department and being cared for on trollies rather than their preferred place of death, which is often their home.

With support from nurse director Angela Harris, a 24/7 robust pathway has now been established for all patients who choose to die in their own home. This pathway includes a ‘comfort box’ that contains items such as syringe drivers, incontinence pads and mouth care equipment.

A new room for bereaved families and friends of patients has been created at the hospital.

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Rapid Triage Eye Casualty Team
Rapid Triage Eye Casualty Team Barts Health NHS Trust
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Resus Team
Resus Team Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Robert Fenwick
Robert Fenwick University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
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Urgent and Emergency Care Practice Educator Network
Urgent and Emergency Care Practice Educator Network CapitalNurse
Rachel Taylor
Excellence in Cancer Research Sponsored by Cancer Research UK Winner Rachel Taylor University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel Taylor is the chief investigator and grant holder of the Sarcoma Assessment Measure (SAM) study to develop and validate a sarcoma-specific patient reported outcomes questionnaire that will improve communication between patients and their clinicians.

She established an interdisciplinary research team that reflects the diversity of healthcare professionals who care for patients with sarcoma, including nurses, psychologists, medical oncologists, a paediatrician and an orthopaedic surgeon. Patient representatives also contribute to the team as co-researchers.

SAM was one of the biggest recruiting studies in sarcoma last year, thanks to the involvement of a sarcoma research nurse in protocol development. By mapping care pathways they identified time points and people who could approach patients.

Rachel Taylor
Excellence in Cancer Research Sponsored by Cancer Research UK Winner Rachel Taylor University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rachel Taylor is the chief investigator and grant holder of the Sarcoma Assessment Measure (SAM) study to develop and validate a sarcoma-specific patient reported outcomes questionnaire that will improve communication between patients and their clinicians.

She established an interdisciplinary research team that reflects the diversity of healthcare professionals who care for patients with sarcoma, including nurses, psychologists, medical oncologists, a paediatrician and an orthopaedic surgeon. Patient representatives also contribute to the team as co-researchers.

SAM was one of the biggest recruiting studies in sarcoma last year, thanks to the involvement of a sarcoma research nurse in protocol development. By mapping care pathways they identified time points and people who could approach patients.

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Ben Hood
Ben Hood Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Elaine Blowers and Clare Dickinson
Elaine Blowers and Clare Dickinson The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
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Lisa Price
Lisa Price Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Margaret Brunton
Margaret Brunton Clinical Research Network North West Coast
Lisa Morgan
Healthcare Assistant Award Winner Lisa Morgan Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lisa Morgan was appointed the cardiothoracic theatres family-centred care lead after displaying exceptional skills in communicating with patients and families.

She created a training package for staff to educate them on the importance of family-centred care and support them to meet the emotional and psychological needs of patients and carers.

She also developed communication aids that give patients and carers vital information to help alleviate concerns, including an electronic book that translates information into different languages.

She organises teddy bears and certificates for children having surgery and alters shifts so she has more time to dedicate to patients before their surgery.

Lisa Morgan
Healthcare Assistant Award Winner Lisa Morgan Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lisa Morgan was appointed the cardiothoracic theatres family-centred care lead after displaying exceptional skills in communicating with patients and families.

She created a training package for staff to educate them on the importance of family-centred care and support them to meet the emotional and psychological needs of patients and carers.

She also developed communication aids that give patients and carers vital information to help alleviate concerns, including an electronic book that translates information into different languages.

She organises teddy bears and certificates for children having surgery and alters shifts so she has more time to dedicate to patients before their surgery.

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Courtney Hughes
Courtney Hughes Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Diane Smyth
Diane Smyth Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
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Elaine Gallagher
Elaine Gallagher Spectrum Community Health CIC
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Tanya Smith
Tanya Smith Balhousie Care Group
Neomi Bennett BEM
Innovations in your Specialty Award Winner Neomi Bennett BEM Neo-Innovations UK

Nurse inventor Ms Bennett observed that compression stockings were difficult to apply. This was validated by data from patient and nurse focus groups. So as a student she developed the Neo-slip, a slipper-style sock aid, before setting up a nurse-led enterprise to use it to improve patient outcomes.

She familiarised herself with NHS procurement, supply chain and warehousing considerations and ‘helped lots of patients to apply their stockings’, building a business that is sustainable and nurse-led. Patient outcomes are measured with the PROMs (patient reported outcome measures) questionnaire.

Now, helped by patient champions spreading the word, Neo-slip use is increasing on wards and sales at Boots are rising, with more than 10,000 units sold. Trials are taking place in France, Belgium and Holland.

Neomi Bennett BEM
Innovations in your Specialty Award Winner Neomi Bennett BEM Neo-Innovations UK

Nurse inventor Ms Bennett observed that compression stockings were difficult to apply. This was validated by data from patient and nurse focus groups. So as a student she developed the Neo-slip, a slipper-style sock aid, before setting up a nurse-led enterprise to use it to improve patient outcomes.

She familiarised herself with NHS procurement, supply chain and warehousing considerations and ‘helped lots of patients to apply their stockings’, building a business that is sustainable and nurse-led. Patient outcomes are measured with the PROMs (patient reported outcome measures) questionnaire.

Now, helped by patient champions spreading the word, Neo-slip use is increasing on wards and sales at Boots are rising, with more than 10,000 units sold. Trials are taking place in France, Belgium and Holland.

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HMP Bronzefield contraception and sexual health team
HMP Bronzefield contraception and sexual health team BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
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Safeguarding team
Safeguarding team West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
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Senior intern team
Senior intern team Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Stroke nurse practitioner team
Stroke nurse practitioner team University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Taurai Matare
Leadership Award Winner Taurai Matare Barts Health NHS Trust

As matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, advanced nurse practitioner Taurai Matare has transformed her unit and the care it provides by developing its care pathways and workforce over the past 14 years.

Clinical audits, feedback from patients and staff, as well as recruitment and retention data testify to the success of her vision. Recent examples include zero complaints in 2018 and a zero nurse vacancy rate in eye theatres.

The theatres were described as the ‘gold star’ of Whipps Cross by the Care Quality Commission, and 80% of the trust’s ophthalmology staff would recommend the unit as a place to work.

Taurai Matare
Leadership Award Winner Taurai Matare Barts Health NHS Trust

As matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, advanced nurse practitioner Taurai Matare has transformed her unit and the care it provides by developing its care pathways and workforce over the past 14 years.

Clinical audits, feedback from patients and staff, as well as recruitment and retention data testify to the success of her vision. Recent examples include zero complaints in 2018 and a zero nurse vacancy rate in eye theatres.

The theatres were described as the ‘gold star’ of Whipps Cross by the Care Quality Commission, and 80% of the trust’s ophthalmology staff would recommend the unit as a place to work.

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Christine Hodby
Christine Hodby West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
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Lorna Wilkinson, Fiona Hyett and Denise Major
Lorna Wilkinson, Fiona Hyett and Denise Major Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
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Rakiya Suleiman
Rakiya Suleiman NHS Lothian
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South West London BAME Nurse Development Team
South West London BAME Nurse Development Team South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Learning disability team
Learning Disability Nursing Award Winner Learning disability team Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

This acute hospital team has transformed the hospital experience of people with learning disabilities through what the Care Quality Commission and NHS England recently acknowledged as a standout service.

The team established steering groups with service users as core members, as well as a champion network that provides a forum to address educational, environmental and clinical needs. Training has been given to more than 3,400 staff, resulting in fundamental cultural change in the trust.

Length of stay for more than 543 patients has been halved and the team has co-produced foundation-level learning disability and autism training and information packs that are now used by 12 trusts and primary care services in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Learning disability team
Learning Disability Nursing Award Winner Learning disability team Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

This acute hospital team has transformed the hospital experience of people with learning disabilities through what the Care Quality Commission and NHS England recently acknowledged as a standout service.

The team established steering groups with service users as core members, as well as a champion network that provides a forum to address educational, environmental and clinical needs. Training has been given to more than 3,400 staff, resulting in fundamental cultural change in the trust.

Length of stay for more than 543 patients has been halved and the team has co-produced foundation-level learning disability and autism training and information packs that are now used by 12 trusts and primary care services in Cheshire and Merseyside.

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Melanie Webb
Melanie Webb Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
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Michael Fullerton
Michael Fullerton Care Management Group
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Stephen Lawson
Stephen Lawson UK Supported Living Services
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Sunil Rodrigo
Sunil Rodrigo Your Healthcare CIC
Rachel Luby
Mental Health Nursing Award Winner Rachel Luby East London NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical practice lead Rachel Luby is on a mission to transform sexual health and expression and approaches to intimacy in her forensic mental health unit.

She believed existing practice failed to recognise that patients are sexual beings who should not have to give up healthy sexual expression while in hospital, which could make initiating new relationships after they leave hospital more difficult.  

She has driven policy and guideline changes, and a sexual health nurse has attended the ward to offer screening, advice and treatment. Plans include a weekly group on love, sex and intimacy and a sexual expression care plan for each patient.

Rachel Luby
Mental Health Nursing Award Winner Rachel Luby East London NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical practice lead Rachel Luby is on a mission to transform sexual health and expression and approaches to intimacy in her forensic mental health unit.

She believed existing practice failed to recognise that patients are sexual beings who should not have to give up healthy sexual expression while in hospital, which could make initiating new relationships after they leave hospital more difficult.  

She has driven policy and guideline changes, and a sexual health nurse has attended the ward to offer screening, advice and treatment. Plans include a weekly group on love, sex and intimacy and a sexual expression care plan for each patient.

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Gloucester House nursing team
Gloucester House nursing team Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
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Grangewood Crisis Service
Grangewood Crisis Service Western Health and Social Care Trust
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University of Exeter community mental health team
University of Exeter community mental health team Devon Partnership NHS Trust
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Victoria Callaghan
Victoria Callaghan Pladis Global
Lindsay Rees
Nursing Older People Award Winner Lindsay Rees Colten Care

Clinical manager Lindsay Rees has significantly reduced the number of falls in two care homes through a project at Colten Care, which operates care homes in the south of England.

She introduced an individual falls risk factor assessment and care plan using the findings of an in-depth literature review of best practice in falls management. The plan was supported by a staff education and awareness programme.

One home is recording 47% fewer falls per week since the project. In the other home, a relaunch of the project after a challenging first phase has seen a 35% drop in falls per week.

Lindsay Rees
Nursing Older People Award Winner Lindsay Rees Colten Care

Clinical manager Lindsay Rees has significantly reduced the number of falls in two care homes through a project at Colten Care, which operates care homes in the south of England.

She introduced an individual falls risk factor assessment and care plan using the findings of an in-depth literature review of best practice in falls management. The plan was supported by a staff education and awareness programme.

One home is recording 47% fewer falls per week since the project. In the other home, a relaunch of the project after a challenging first phase has seen a 35% drop in falls per week.

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Anne Sanderson
Anne Sanderson NHS Lothian
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Dementia team
Dementia team Royal Trinity Hospice
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Reach team
Reach team Northern Health and Social Care Trust
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Suzanne Thomas
Suzanne Thomas Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Sarah Everett
Patient’s Choice Award Winner Sarah Everett NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Govan Health Centre practice sister Ms Everett was nominated by John Alexander:

‘Ms Everett has been the driving force behind our Men’s Shed, which addresses men’s isolation and loneliness and the lack of positive activities for men who no longer have anywhere to go each day.

‘She has been so willing to go the extra mile for men like us, dedicating hours to navigating around red tape with her infectious enthusiasm. She doggedly motivates all involved to keep going even when dealt bitter blows.

‘The Shed has changed lives. People have a reason to get up in the morning and face what used to be problems, but now have become challenges.’

Sarah Everett
Patient’s Choice Award Winner Sarah Everett NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Govan Health Centre practice sister Ms Everett was nominated by John Alexander:

‘Ms Everett has been the driving force behind our Men’s Shed, which addresses men’s isolation and loneliness and the lack of positive activities for men who no longer have anywhere to go each day.

‘She has been so willing to go the extra mile for men like us, dedicating hours to navigating around red tape with her infectious enthusiasm. She doggedly motivates all involved to keep going even when dealt bitter blows.

‘The Shed has changed lives. People have a reason to get up in the morning and face what used to be problems, but now have become challenges.’

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Andrea Jennings
Andrea Jennings University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
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Emeka Madubeze
Emeka Madubeze Regis Healthcare
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Valerie Miller
Valerie Miller Western Health and Social Care Trust
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Victoria Wilson
Victoria Wilson The Healthcare Centre, Preston
Community Enhancing Recovery Team
Team of the Year Award Winner Community Enhancing Recovery Team Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

This nurse-led multidisciplinary team provides intensive rehabilitation and recovery services for patients with mental illness who previously resided in locked, out-of-area facilities. It delivers bespoke packages of care to individuals in their own home, which means they can live close to family and friends.

A strong focus on staff development has created a dynamic, committed and compassionate team.

More than 50 patients have been able to leave locked rehabilitation placements thanks to the team’s support, with most living independently.

As well as transforming patients’ lives, the number of out-of-area treatment bed nights has been reduced by 99%, and there has been a significant reduction in emergency department attendances and hospital admissions.

The reductions in out-of-town expenditure now funds the team, which has delivered additional savings of £500,000.

Community Enhancing Recovery Team
Team of the Year Award Winner Community Enhancing Recovery Team Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

This nurse-led multidisciplinary team provides intensive rehabilitation and recovery services for patients with mental illness who previously resided in locked, out-of-area facilities. It delivers bespoke packages of care to individuals in their own home, which means they can live close to family and friends.

A strong focus on staff development has created a dynamic, committed and compassionate team.

More than 50 patients have been able to leave locked rehabilitation placements thanks to the team’s support, with most living independently.

As well as transforming patients’ lives, the number of out-of-area treatment bed nights has been reduced by 99%, and there has been a significant reduction in emergency department attendances and hospital admissions.

The reductions in out-of-town expenditure now funds the team, which has delivered additional savings of £500,000.

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Acute and Emergency Medicine Team
Acute and Emergency Medicine Team Medway NHS Foundation Trust
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Community Response Team
Community Response Team Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Early Supported Discharge Team
Early Supported Discharge Team Swansea Bay University Health Board
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University Hospital Wishaw senior nursing team
University Hospital Wishaw senior nursing team NHS Lanarkshire
Emma Williamson
Wound Prevention and Treatment Award Sponsored by BBI and Arjo Winner Emma Williamson Angel Hill Surgery

Practice nurse manager Emma Williamson has transformed management of leg ulcers at a surgery in Suffolk, increasing the number of healed wounds, improving patient experience and freeing up time for community and practice nurses.

She made a case for a Doppler machine at the Angel Hill Surgery in Bury St Edmunds and arranged training for nurses on leg ulcer management.

Her weekly holistic clinic includes bloods, a Doppler study, referrals to weight loss and smoking cessation services, and leg washing and dressing.

The reduction in leg ulcers has saved 16 hours of nursing time per week, and the cost of supplies has fallen.

Emma Williamson
Wound Prevention and Treatment Award Sponsored by BBI and Arjo Winner Emma Williamson Angel Hill Surgery

Practice nurse manager Emma Williamson has transformed management of leg ulcers at a surgery in Suffolk, increasing the number of healed wounds, improving patient experience and freeing up time for community and practice nurses.

She made a case for a Doppler machine at the Angel Hill Surgery in Bury St Edmunds and arranged training for nurses on leg ulcer management.

Her weekly holistic clinic includes bloods, a Doppler study, referrals to weight loss and smoking cessation services, and leg washing and dressing.

The reduction in leg ulcers has saved 16 hours of nursing time per week, and the cost of supplies has fallen.

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Jemell Geraghty
Jemell Geraghty Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
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Julie Mullings
Julie Mullings Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
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Tissue viability team
Tissue viability team Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Wound care service in-reach team
Wound care service in-reach team Bristol Community Health