High-achieving nurse can inspire others

The RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony is a showcase of talent and achievement that live on beyond the event. 

The RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony is a showcase of talent and achievement that live on beyond the event.

Liaison psychiatry team lead Nicola Wood was shortlisted for an RCNi Nurse Award. Picture: Mike Wilkinson

Many of this year’s shortlisted entries in the Nursing Older People category were examples of practice by nurses who are unafraid of challenging established ways of working or of championing improved outcomes for older people.

These characteristics were ably demonstrated by Nicola Wood, who is liaison psychiatry team lead at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Scotland.

She devised and led a programme to reduce hospital bed moves for people with dementia. 

Nicola was one of the many high achievers this year who was highly commended by the judges, and we are delighted to feature her work in this issue of Nursing Older People.

The consequences of bed moves for people with dementia include agitation, confusion and distress, all of which put pressure on bed management.

Nicola’s project was a brilliant piece of work that achieved dramatic improvement in the care of patients with dementia without compromising bed management.

It was made possible through her hard work and leadership, her ability to influence others, and her refusal to accept the status quo.

Nicola’s work deserved recognition, as does that of many nurses who achieve extraordinary results every day.

I hope that nurses such as Nicola will be an inspiration, and will encourage you to challenge, lead change and share your achievements.

About the author


Nicky Hayes is a nurse consultant for older people at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, and consultant editor for Nursing Older People