Congratulations to all our winners and finalists. Read more about each of them below.

RCN Nurse of the Year 2016

Venetia Wynter-Blyth

Winner: Venetia Wynter-Blyth, Lead Upper Gastro-intestinal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Feature: A holistic approach to preparing patients for surgery

Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award in association with the RCN Fellows

Sponsored by the RCN


Winner: Steven Young, University of the West of Scotland
Feature: Action to eliminate health inequalities

Adam Beales, University of Nottingham
Feature: Patient increased her fluid intake thanks to student's lateral thinking

Amy Wixey, University of Chester
Feature: Learning disabilities education programme for adult branch students

Daniel Taylor, University of Leeds
Feature: Placement led to better assessment of fluid intake

Holly Phillips, University of Cumbria
Feature: Mother and son’s ‘horrifying’ hospital visit was a spur for change

This award is for student nurses whose nursing practice, perceptions or interactions with patients have changed as a result of an incident or experience during training.

The Royal College of Nursing


In 2016 the Royal College of Nursing celebrates a centenary as the voice of the profession. From its original educational and professional objectives, the college has grown into the largest professional union for nursing with more than 430,000 members including nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and students. It continues to campaign across the UK and internationally, influencing policy and practice for the benefit of nursing staff and their patients. Sponsoring the Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award tonight is just part of the college’s commitment to supporting nursing excellence for 100 years more.

Bank Nurse Award

Sponsored by NHS Professionals


Winner: Amanda Walsh, NHS Health Check Nurse, West Berkshire Council/ Bracknell Forest Council/ Wokingham borough council/ Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Photo gallery: Cardiovascular Health Check Team

Katharine Gale, Gynaecology Nurse Practitioner, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Offering a ‘friendly and professional’ gynaecology service

Lauren Duncan, Staff Nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Feature: Playing a vital role in improving ophthalmology services

Immunisation Bank Team at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Feature: Praise for ‘commitment and care’ shown by children’s immunisation service

This award recognises and rewards the vital and ever increasing contribution bank nurses play in the overall nursing workforce on wards every day. The judges are seeking nominations for bank nurses / bank nursing teams who perform above what is considered as the 'norm' and who add value to the substantive team. Bank nurses and bank nursing teams may nominate themselves.

NHS Professionals

NHS Professionals logo

NHS Professionals, wholly owned by the Department of Health, was set up for the NHS by the NHS to manage temporary staff banks on behalf of more than 60 NHS Trusts across England. NHS Professionals help Trusts eliminate dependency on expensive agencies by filling shifts with fully compliant and appropriately skilled bank workers – reducing costs whilst also maintaining safe staffing levels and the quality of patient care. With more than 60,000 flexible workers, the bank comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical, allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, and support services among other healthcare professionals. For more information visit

Cancer Nursing Award

Sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support


Winner: Carole Connor, Nurse Consultant, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Nurse-led acute oncology service puts patients first

Alison Peett, Training and Development Nurse, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Sessions inform and support patients before chemotherapy

Christine Talboys, Urology Cancer Advanced Nurse Specialist, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Recognition for innovative bladder cancer pathway and care plan

Gillian Al-kadhimi, HCC Clinical Nurse Specialist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Online liver cancer clinic praised for improving patient experience

Kinta Beaver, Professor of Cancer Care, University of Central Lancashire
Feature: Successful telephone follow-up service for patients with endometrial cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support


Cancer can affect someone’s whole life. Macmillan provides practical, financial and emotional support from the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and increasingly after cancer. Macmillan Support Line is a free, confidential service for anyone affected by cancer. Their specialist teams can help with questions about treatment, fears and worries, or financial support. Call 0808 8080000 Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm. Their free information booklets provide accurate and clear information on a range of subjects, and the Macmillan information and support centres offer face-to-face support. Their online community connects people when they may feel alone. For more information visit

Child Health Award


Winner: Ruth Butler, School Nurse, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Feature: School pupils benefit from online health advice

Angela Lee, Nurse Consultant, Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Helping parents to recognise and report signs of hip dysplasia in children

Chris McDermott, School Nursing Practice Development Lead , CSH Surrey
Feature: Empowering school nurses to tackle childhood obesity

Claire Ellerby, Sister, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Award-shortlisted team introduced comforter to strengthen parent-baby bond

Heather Henry, Project Manager, Unlimited Potential with Salford Dadz
Feature: Project helps ‘struggling dads’ regain their confidence

This award is open to NHS or independent sector nurses involved in improving the health of children and young people.

Community Nursing Award

Sponsored by Superdrug


Winner: Joanne Boyd, Deep Vein Thrombosis Team, SEQOL
Feature: Innovative service shortens time to diagnosis for deep vein thrombosis

Ann Baker, Advanced Practitioner, Wirral Community NHS Trust
Feature: Transforming the delivery of IV antibiotics in people’s homes

Donna Rowe, Fracture Liaison Service Nurse Specialist, Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group
Feature: Pioneering service supports patients with osteoporosis

Erika Frohlick, Stroke Specialist Nurse and Support Discharge Coordinator, CSH Surrey
Feature: Innovative stroke workshops help to reduce anxiety

Joanne Camp, Clinical Training Manager, BUPA
Feature: Ensuring consistency of care in the community

This award is open to NHS or independent sector nurses who work in local community settings such as health centres, GP surgeries, care homes, schools or patients' home.



Superdrug’s purpose is quite simply to be the best in everyday accessible beauty and health. Superdrug currently have an estate of over 800 stores, and employ 12,500 colleagues. At the moment 200 stores have pharmacies, with pharmacy consulting rooms. Superdrug also have 24 stores with nurse clinics offering health checks, travel vaccinations and much more. The health and wellbeing offering ensures that Superdrug customers receive accessible, professional advice, always given in a friendly and confidential environment. Healthcare is an integral part of Superdrug's business, and they are committed to offer customers the best service and advice on the high street. Find out more at

Excellence in Cancer Research Award

Sponsored by Cancer Research UK


Winner: Verna Lavender, Senior Lecturer in Cancer Care, Oxford Brookes University
Feature: Encouraging higher enrolment in bone cancer clinical trials

Eileen Dillon, Lead Clinical Research Nurse/NI Cancer Trials Network Manager, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Feature: Using clinical trials to improve patient outcomes

Elisabeth Turner, Senior Generic Research Nurse, National Institute for Health Research
Feature: Pancreatic cancer study aims to lower morbidity rate and enhance recovery

Elizabeth Wright, Home Testing Of Blood Counts Post Chemotherapy Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Feature: Patients benefit from home-testing of blood counts after chemotherapy

This award recognises and rewards the vital role that Clinical Research Nurses play in cancer clinical research, helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve patient outcomes. The judges are seeking nominations from Clinical Research Nurses or research delivery teams who have demonstrated excellence in cancer clinical research. Nurses may nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They are committed to improving the lives of those affected by cancer and discovering kinder and more effective treatments for patients. Cancer Research UK support more than 250 clinical trials across the UK, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Joining a clinical trial may have benefits for patients, as well as helping new treatments become available. Their unique clinical trials database lists all trials around the UK currently recruiting patients, as well as results from earlier trials. It is searchable by trial name, cancer type or location. Written specifically for patients, it provides reliable, easy to understand information and is updated daily. Visit the clinical trials database at

Innovations in your Specialty

Sponsored by LV


Winner and Nurse of the Year: Venetia Wynter-Blyth, Lead Upper Gastro-intestinal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Feature: A holistic approach to preparing patients for surgery

Diane Hindson, Back Care Advisor, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: New slide sheet improves safety when moving or repositioning patients

Julie Danby, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, City Health Care Partnership CIC
Feature: Safety film shows dangers of smoking when on oxygen therapy

Kerry Lyons, Hospital Alcohol Team Leader, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Tackling alcohol harm and dependency

Lynne Bromley, Specialist Practitioner, Mandalay Medical centre
Feature: Local ‘champions’ will help increase screening for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

This award is for nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to patient care or who have initiated projects which have a made a real difference to the lives of the people they care for within any specialty. Entries are accepted from nurses working in the NHS or independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Liverpool Victoria


RCN members have been enjoying exclusive discounts on LV= products for many years as the RCN's approved supplier for insurance. RCN members can benefit from discounted car and home insurance, and a 10% online discount on travel and pet insurance. LV= is the UK's largest friendly society and a leading mutual with over five million members and customers. Their mission is to help people protect and provide for the things they love. Find out more at

Leadership Award

Sponsored by NHS England


Winner: Tracy Harman, Clinical Lead Community Nursing Service, Virgin Care
Feature: Supporting district nurses to become champions of compassionate care

Ann Simms, Lead Nurse Clinical Manager, West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Feature: Nurse development pathway improves care

Gloria Rowland, Head of Midwifery, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Transforming performance to enhance patient care

Siby Sikhamoni, Senior Staff Nurse, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Delirium screening transforms experience of ICU patients

Victoria Thorne, Lead Nurse, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Feature: Palliative service supports more people – and in place of their choosing

This award is for clinical leaders who have developed initiatives to ensure their nursing ward or unit offers the highest quality and safest care possible.

NHS England

NNHS England

HS England aim to improve the health outcomes for people in England. This means placing the patients and the public at the heart of everything we do and create an NHS that is open, evidence-based and inclusive, to be transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and our impact.

Learning Disability Award

Sponsored by Cambian


Winner: Dave Atkinson, Independent Nurse Consultant
Feature: Nurse consultants’ collaboration improves practice across UK

John Toland, Epilepsy Nurse Specialist, NHS Fife
Feature: Epilepsy service introduced tailor-made specialist care

Julie Birmingham, Community Learning Disability Nurse, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Feature: Parenting sessions offer support in managing challenging behaviour

Nicci Issac, Learning Disability Nurse, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Feature: Acclimatization programme reduces stress of hospital stays

Stephen Lawson, Managing Director, UK Supported Living Services
Feature: Data platform helps staff spot trends and devise the best clinical responses

This award is for nursing workers who have developed initiatives to support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities to maintain physical and mental health.



Cambian are one of the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services in learning disabilities, autism, mental health rehabilitation, education, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, impaired hearing and, more recently, children's residential care, fostering and specialised services for children experiencing sexual trauma. Their passion focuses on positive outcomes for the individuals whom they provide support and services to. Nurses are critical in their delivery of care and support to ensure these outcomes can be achieved, which results in the highest possible quality of life. Find out more at

Mental Health Practice Award


Winner: Susan Burns, Practice Development Team, Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: De-escalation plans minimise use of restraint

Barbara Jayson, Health Visitor, Best Beginnings/St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Film drama throws spotlight on perinatal mental health

Advanced Intervention Service, National Services Division, NHS Tayside
Feature: Obsessive compulsive disorder team brings care closer

Lynne Davidson, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
Feature: Veterans’ service recognises the specific scars of conflict

Susan McConachie, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, NHS Forth Valley
Feature: Perinatal service focuses on early intervention

This award is for nurses working within the field of mental health who can clearly demonstrate that their initiatives and innovations have improved the mental health clinical care of service users. Entries will be accepted from both the NHS and independent sector. Nurses can nominate themselves, their team or be nominated by a colleague.

Nursing Older People Award

Sponsored by Hallmark Care Homes


Winner: Geraldine Rodgers, Nurse Consultant for Frailty & Long Term Conditions, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Environmental improvements enhance wellbeing of patients with dementia

Gary Mitchell, Dementia Care Advisor, Four Seasons Health Care
Feature: A determination to make care better for people with dementia

Lesley Spall, Specialist Practitioner for Care Homes, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Hydration toolkit is changing the culture of care homes

Mandy Cresswell, Clinical Team Leader, Spectrum Community Health CIC
Feature: Alcohol service tailors its care to hard-to-reach older people

Shirley Law, Head of Learning and Development, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling
Feature: Dementia education package enables staff to give person-centred care

Tracy Means, Clinical Team Leader, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
Feature: ‘Ward rounds’ combined with education improve care home provision

This award is for nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to the care of older people and who can clearly demonstrate that they have developed initiatives to either support independent living or improve physical and emotional care in care homes or hospitals.

Hallmark Care Homes

Hallmark-logoHallmark Care Homes is one of the leading providers of high quality, relationship-centred care, with fifteen beautifully furnished care homes across England and Wales. They are dedicated to providing quality environments and high standards of care, which enable residents to live life to the full. Hallmark Care Homes employ outstanding nurses that play a vital part in their care delivery. They provide exceptional career pathways for nurses from graduation through to senior managers, which include both clinical and leadership programmes. If you are thinking of a career move, give Hallmark Care Homes a call on 01277 314191 or visit

RCN Healthcare Assistant Award

Sponsored by the RCN


Winner: Steven Evan-Jones, Healthcare Support Worker, Betsi Cadwadladr University Health Board
Feature: Using information as a potent tool in public health

Amanda Sharman, Dialysis Assistant, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Image gallery: Amanda Sharman

Louise Brown, Healthcare Support Worker, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Leadership qualities and communication skills key to unit’s success

Robert Bryant, Healthcare Assistant, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Supportive approach is a boon for patients and colleagues

Sharon Chevin, Trainee Assistant Practitioner, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Feature: Every home visit is a chance to strive for the best outcome

This award recognises and rewards individuals working in a healthcare support role such as healthcare assistants (HCAs) and assistant practitioners (APs) who work under the guidance of a registered nurse, health visitor or midwife.



The Royal College of Nursing is the largest professional union of nurses in the world. It represents the UK nursing voice internationally and campaigns on EU and global health issues.

Supporting Carers Award

Sponsored by NHS England


Winner: Angela McDonald, Child Bereavement Trainer, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Training improves bereavement care for children and families

Ann Cubbin, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
Feature: Workshops reduce stress for carers by equipping them with essential skills

Pamela Kehoe, Lead Nurse for Dementia, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Feature: Initiatives protect bond between inpatients with dementia and carers

Shelley Perry, Clinical Director, Breathe Therapies
Feature: Invaluable support for families of people with eating disorders

This award is for nurses who have developed initiatives to support carers and who can demonstrate that their initiative has had a positive impact on carers’ own physical and mental health as well as improving the health outcomes for the person being cared for.

NHS England

NHS England

NHS England aim to improve the health outcomes for people in England. This means placing the patients and the public at the heart of everything we do and create an NHS that is open, evidence-based and inclusive, to be transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and our impact.

Patient's Choice Award

Supported by LBC and sponsored by Yakult


Winner: Kelly Stackhouse, Lead Bowel Function Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Photo gallery: Patient’s Choice Award winner: Kelly Stackhouse

• Anna Bedrich, Senior Staff Nurse, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Photo gallery: Patient’s Choice Award finalist: Anna Bedrich

• Rosie Mulholland, Community Childrens Nurse, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Photo gallery: Patient’s Choice Award finalist: Rosie Mulholland

• Sarah Duffy, Staff Nurse, Royal Free London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Photo gallery: Patient’s Choice Award finalist: Sarah Duffy

The RCNi Patient’s Choice Award gives members of the public the opportunity to thank a nurse, midwife, health visitor of health support worker who has made a real difference to their or a loved one’s care. The winner is decided by a public vote. Voting will open on Monday 4th April and close on Friday 29th April.



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