RCN Nursing Awards 2021: find out who is on the shortlist

Our finalists showcase the best of nursing and the profession’s response to COVID-19

The finalists for the prestigious RCN Nursing Awards 2021 have been revealed, showcasing excellence in the profession and nurses’ commitment in the continuing pandemic.

The profession’s top accolades celebrate innovation, skill and dedication in nursing across 15 categories, including Child Health, Learning Disability Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Team of the Year.

Developing existing services and creating new ones in a difficult year

The finalists were chosen from 550 entries, and one category winner will receive the coveted title of RCN Nurse of the Year 2021 at an awards ceremony on 12 October.

The shortlist highlights the diversity of the profession. It includes nurses delivering home chemotherapy to children with cancer, a team helping healthcare professionals better understand young people who self-harm and a lecturer who is building stronger connections between healthcare services and the Sikh community.

It also shows how, through commitment and innovation, nurses have developed existing services and created new ones in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These include a nurse who set up a vaccine clinic for people with learning disabilities who cannot tolerate injections, a team that ensured care home residents had meaningful visits with their loved ones despite lockdown restrictions, mental health nurses supporting traumatised health workers and a hospice team that provided a lifeline for the carers of children with life-limiting conditions when they were unable to access their usual support networks.

RCN Nursing Awards 2021 finalists

Shortlist showcases nursing excellence

Pat Cullen, acting RCN general secretary
Acting RCN general secretary Pat Cullen: ‘The shortlist highlights what we do – day in, day out’ Picture: Aaron McCracken

Acting RCN general secretary Pat Cullen said: ‘This shortlist highlights nursing’s response to the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, but also highlights what we do – day in, day out – to improve the health and well-being of our patients.

‘These finalists demonstrate the very best in nursing and I am so proud of all of them.’

Foundation of Nursing Studies chief executive and awards judging panel chair Joanne Bosanquet said: ‘The quality of entries was so high and it was near impossible to choose our finalists from the amazing work submitted.

‘The shortlist showcases excellence and recognises the huge difference that the nursing team makes to people’s lives throughout the UK – not least their enormous contribution to the pandemic response.’

Alexandra sponsors RCN Nursing Awards

UK uniform specialists Alexandra have been announced as the headline sponsor of the RCN Nursing Awards 2021.

Alexandra senior director, commercial sales and business operations Tina Graves said: ‘Over the past 15 months the whole nation has been moved and humbled by what nurses have endured and selflessly given every day during this awful pandemic.

‘We are honoured to be the headline sponsor of the RCN Nurse Awards 2021. Alexandra has been designing and making nursing uniforms and scrubs for more than 150 years and we could not be more proud of this generation of nurses.’

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