We celebrate double award shortlisting success

Date: 01 August 2017

We’ve made the shortlist in two categories of the national Nursing Times awards.

Now in their 27th year, the Nursing Times Awards offer recognition for the innovative and excellent care that nurses at all levels provide across the UK.

Our learning disability nurse Ellie Trickett was shortlisted as a ‘Rising star’ for the courageous and compassionate care she delivers to vulnerable young boys at Wetherby Young Offenders’ Institute. In her role, she remains responsible for the young person’s care throughout their journey in custody and ensures that their physical and mental health needs are met.

Dr Abdullah Kraam, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, said: “Ellie has the unique ability to engage the most difficult and hard to reach young people. She is highly respected amongst the Trust teams and prison staff. Most importantly all the young people recognise her dedication and the feedback she receives is outstanding.

“She is courageous, challenging injustice and unfairness while showing colleagues what compassionate care and leadership truly means.”

We were also shortlisted for our work to provide a joint physical and mental health service in a young offender institution in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS England. The organisations worked together to transform services to make sure that young people in custody received the best possible healthcare.

Dr Kraam added: “We successfully managed to put in place a transformation programme in order to help a complex, very vulnerable group of young people with a high degree of serious mental health problems including high rates of severe harm and a high risk of suicide. This progress was only possible because of collaborative and partnership work across NHS organisations.”

The winners will be announced at an event in London on 2 November.