South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating after staff and services from the Trust have been shortlisted in the prestigious national 2014 Nursing Times Awards.
The Nursing Times Awards recognise staff and teams that are committed to excellence in patient care. The awards receive several hundred entries each year and aim to showcase innovative work from healthcare professionals across the country.
Paula Phillips, clinical nurse specialist and service manager for the Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Wakefield, has been shortlisted in the ‘Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Nurse Leader of the Year’ categories which recognise people who have gone above and beyond in their day-to-day role and exceptional nurse leaders.
Paula’s lead role in developing a new Wakefield Forensic CAMHS service attracted national recognition for its innovative, flexible and young person-centred approach. Paula directly involved young people in plans to develop the service and used their feedback to creative positive results. The development of the service has led to reduced waiting times and positive feedback from young people, carers and professionals about the quality of the care.
An initiative developed by the Trust’s occupational health and wellbeing service has been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Supporting Staff Health and Wellbeing’ category. After identifying a rise in mental health issues in the workplace, the service appointed an occupational therapist – Kayleigh Cookson, who was recognised for her work to support the physical and mental wellbeing of Trust employees.
Barnsley’s care navigation and telehealth service has also been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the Community’ category for their work in promoting self-care and positive behaviour change to people with an ongoing illness or long term condition. The service, which is led by a team of nurses, provides information, advice and support over the phone or face-to-face to help people take control of their health condition.
Steven Michael OBE, chief executive of the Trust, said, “I’m delighted that staff and services at the Trust have been nationally recognised for their work to improve care for local people, carers and staff. Being a finalist in the Nursing Times Awards is a great achievement and demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to putting people in the centre of everything we do as well as being at forefront of new developments and innovations.
“I wish our finalists all the best in the next part of the award process and congratulate them on their huge achievement in being shortlisted.”
Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in London in October.