Watch the video to find out who has won this prestigious nursing award. Good luck to all the finalists!
The finalists for the Team of the Year Award
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.
Causeway Hospital rehabilitation team
Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Ward manager Siobhan Blair has led her team in delivering Project Retain on her rehabilitation ward, aimed at retaining and recruiting more nurses to work in settings caring for older people. An inspiring ambassador for nursing older people, she supported, inspired and challenged her ward team to achieve their potential and worked enthusiastically at regional level to drive the project forward. The team felt valued and supported and were encouraged to contribute their ideas. Their ownership of the project secured its success. Evaluation shows an increase in staff and student satisfaction, improvements in care and positive feedback from patients. There are no band 5 vacancies.
End of life care team
Claire House Hospice for Children
This team ensures that all babies, children and young adults receive the best specialist palliative care wherever and whenever they need it. It has built relationships with every department that cares for the sickest children and young adults – paediatric intensive care/high dependency unit, neonatal, fetal medicine, adult hospices and oncology services. As a result, referrals for end of life care have quadrupled over four years. Once a referral is received, the nurses offer a 24/7 on-call service, providing comprehensive symptom management including prescribing, advanced care planning and psychosocial support for the whole family. Memory making and arranging bucket lists are core to the care it provides.
Integrated family-delivered neonatal care team
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
It is traumatic when your baby is born prematurely or with serious complications. This team, led by matron Maryam Kharusi, is leading the way in family-integrated care – making sure that even though their babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit, parents become equal partners in their care, with fantastic results for both. Parents are equipped with knowledge and information and feel more confident in delivering day-to-day care of their vulnerable babies, including nasogastric feeding, changing nappies and giving them a bath. They feel more confident to go home to start a more normal family life, even with babies who have complex needs.
Blood-borne virus team
Health in Justice
These nurses have built relationships with national and regional justice and health networks and 43 prison governors and healthcare teams in their drive to eliminate hepatitis C in prisons. They have engaged this challenging group by breaking down stigma through peer workers and working with the Hepatitis C Trust. High intensity testing days ensure even patients who won’t leave their wings participate willingly. Using opt-out testing and early identification techniques, in its first seven months the team screened 19,000 patients, with 120 testing positive and immediately referred for treatment. The roll-out of training and data capture has seen sites shoot up to 100% of patients being offered and screened. Health in Justice is an independent provider of health services in prisons and youth offender establishments.