Saturday 12th May is Nurses’ Day and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is highlighting the vital contribution nursing staff make in our local communities.
The Trust provides a wide range of community, learning disability and mental health services across Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Over half the Trust’s workforce is made up of nursing staff – a total of 2715 people.
The Trust’s nursing staff – including qualified nurses and nursing support staff – work in both inpatient services and also in the local community, supporting people to live their lives to the full.
Adrian Deakin is a unit manager for the Trust’s forensic services and was recently elected by his nursing colleagues to represent their views on the Trust’s Members’ Council. He said, "Despite falling into nursing almost by accident, I now couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I have seen the profession come on in leaps and bounds since I completed my training – far more sophisticated now, but with the same emphasis on care.
"I am happy to support Nurses’ Day; it’s well-deserved recognition of the often unsung heroes of health care."
Noreen Young, the Trust’s director of nursing, clinical governance and safety said, "Nurses’ Day gives us a chance to think about and acknowledge the invaluable role of our nursing staff and how much we rely on them in times of need. We just know they’ll be there, and we trust them with our health and lives.
"Almost everyone will come into contact with a nurse at some point in their lives: through illness or injury or as a friend or relative of a patient. They do an awe-inspiring job and I’m so proud of all our nursing staff for the difference they make to people’s lives every single day."
Nurses’ Day is organised by the Royal College of Nursing. They are encouraging people across the country to share their positive stories of nurses and nursing. To read stories or contribute, visit the website nursesday.rcn.org.uk