Spotlight on winning causes

Publicity from the Nurse of the Year award has advanced the inspiring work of the winners, writes Lynne Pearce

Publicity from the Nurse of the Year award has advanced the inspiring work of the winners, writes Lynne Pearce.

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Career advancement was not Amanda Burston’s aim when she entered the 2015 Nurse of the Year awards, but winning has certainly raised the profile of her work.

‘Since the award, the attention our group has received has been national. We have had many enquiries about how to replicate the programme and the initiatives we have developed,’ says Ms Burston, who was recognised for setting up an innovative project to help survivors of domestic abuse.

A major trauma co-ordinator at Royal Stoke University Hospital, part of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Ms Burston developed the Safer Steps programme in partnership with domestic violence charity Arch. Since its launch in autumn 2012, the programme has helped more than 400 survivors of abuse and given training to about 200 staff.

‘The publicity has given us the opportunity to form new relationships and networks,’ says Ms Burston. In November, the team will host local and national leaders at a presentation about the service and its future. ‘This is a real opportunity to get key people in one room,’ she says.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 10

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