To mark the launch of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017, we have gathered together a selection of features on 2016's winners for you to read for free.
Nurse of the Year
Innovations in your specialty
Venetia Wynter-Blyth and her team in the oesophagogastric cancer service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London created PREPARE - a holistic, tailored prehabilitation programme that is dramatically improving outcomes for people with cancer who require surgery, by encouraging them to participate in their care.
Kelly Stackhouse won the Patients Choice Award. She was nominated by Tom Owen for helping him survive the impact of hisbowel cancer and subsequent anterior resection.
Andrew Parker Student Award
Steven Young, Nicola Ozatalay, Kaye Nichol, Ross McQuarrie, Elspeth Leaver and Sinead McLean organised a conference about reducing health inequalities for people with learning disabilities.
Cancer Nursing Award
Carole Connor and her team at the nurse-led acute oncology unit at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust won the award for their comprehensive and exemplary care.
Ruth Butler developed a comprehensive health website for her inner city secondary school which has been such a success it has been rolled out trust-wide. Here the Queens Nurse tells us how she created and developed Health Matters.
By using ultrasound in the community to confirm or exclude deep vein thrombosis, Jo Boyd and her team have transformed the care of patients keeping them out of hospital and dramatically reducing the use of anticoagulants, thereby reducing risk and waiting times while saving money.
Excellence in Cancer Research
The nurse-developed and led Bone Cancer Research Trusts Perceptions of Patients and Professionals (BCRT PoPP) study about clinical trial participation is the first qualitative study on research recruitment and participation that integrates data from teenagers and young adults with cancer with their healthcare professionals. It has yielded potential strategies for increasing enrolment in the future.
Healthcare support worker
Winner Steven Evan-Jones is implementing innovative approaches in his hospitals outpatient department and carrying health promotion messages to the community.
A leadership training programme devised and delivered by a team in Surrey is improving patient care and boosting the morale of district nurses. It has enabled participants to develop leadership skills and empowered them to champion quality, compassionate, patient-centred services.
A team of four consultant nurses who created the Health Equalities Framework (HEF) was named winner of the Learning Disability Nursing category. The HEF is an outcomes measure created to improve the healthy life expectancy of people with learning disabilities, which is many years shorter than that of the rest of the population.
An award-winning practice development team has devised care plans that are reducing the use of restraint for mental health patients.
Nursing Older People
Nurse consultant Geraldine Rodgers project to create a more homely environment on the older peoples mental health ward has led to a fall in restraint and use of antipsychotic medication, as well as staff sickness levels. The money saved on agency spend has more than funded the changes.
Angela McDonald is a bereavement trainer for children and families at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She provides direct support for children and families, and trains families, carers, teachers, local authority teams and community groups across religions with the skills to cope with bereavement.