UHS nurses honoured at nursing and midwifery awards

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Outstanding nurses and midwives at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have been described as inspirational role models at an annual awards ceremony.

As part of celebrations to mark International Nurses Day on 12 May, the Trust staged its own nursing and midwifery awards to recognise nursing staff who go the extra mile in their care and professionalism.

The awards, which were held on Thursday, 10 May, recognise excellence in all aspects of nursing and midwifery, with prizes including mentor of the year, healthcare support worker of the year and the patient feedback award.

The director of nursing’s award for outstanding contribution to nursing was presented to Louisa Green, a matron in child health. She was praised for her collaborative approach and commitment to quality based improvement, as well as her willingness to always make time for others, especially patients and their families.

Jomer Mendaros from the coronary care unit claimed the prize for healthcare support worker of the year. Nominations cited the personal letters sent to him by patients, underlining the importance of compassion in care. A relative of one of Jomer’s patients said: “I want to thank you with all my heart … we all remember how kind and caring you were which gave us great comfort during a very upsetting time.”

The award for registered midwife of the year was a new addition to the ceremony this year. The winner was Cathryn Lawrence, who was nominated for her great leadership and teamwork as well as the exceptional care she provides for women and their babies. Emma Lavelle was named registered nurse of the year for her strong leadership, and was praised for how well she navigated her team through a difficult time with patients with exceptional needs.

The ceremony was also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful contribution to nursing made by Amanda Barnes, the Trust’s former deputy director of nursing, who sadly died in June 2017. It was announced during the awards ceremony that the Trust will be funding a bursary in memory of Amanda, who was valued by so many at UHS as a nurse, a leader and a friend.

In her role as deputy director of nursing, Amanda championed nurse leaders by spotting and nurturing leadership talent and inspiring others in the way she led her team. She once said: “The mark of a leader is to stand up for what is right with passion and compassion, to be still when wars are raging, to listen with an open mind, and to be brave when you least feel like it.”

The Amanda Barnes bursary will sponsor an aspiring nurse leader’s place on the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme, an NHS Leadership Academy course designed to equip NHS staff members with the skills they need to manage a team that provides excellent patient care.

Posted on Friday 11 May 2018