The Trust is celebrating quadruple award success after a number of teams have been shortlisted in this year’s Nursing Times Awards.
The prestigious Nursing Times Awards celebrate and 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 two categories – ‘Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Nurse Leader of the Year’. It is the first time that anyone has been shortlisted for 2 categories.
Paula played a lead role in developing a new Wakefield Forensic CAMHS service which provides support for young people who; display serious offending behaviour, is in contact with the criminal justice system or detained in a secure setting.
Paula directly involved young people in plans to develop the service and used their feedback to create positive results. Further 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.
Paula said, “It’s great to be recognised when you’re working hard. It’s nice to have someone nominate me and know that they think I’m doing a good job. I’m honoured and excited to have been shortlisted”.
The Trust’s other Nursing Times Award success came from Barnsley’s care navigation and telehealth service which has 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 is led by a team of nurses and provides information, advice and support over the phone or face-to-face to help people take control of their health condition.
Paul Hughes, service lead for the care navigation and telehealth service said, “ Staff within the service are extremely proud to be shortlisted for the Nursing Times Award. It’s a testament to the good work being undertaken in Barnsley and further afield to encourage patients with long term conditions to make positive health related behaviour changes – promoting enhanced self-care and self-management of their own conditions”.
The Trust’s final shortlisted entry came from an initiative developed by the occupational health and wellbeing team, which saw the team recognised 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 – an innovative approach in this field. Kayley Cookson was appointed to the role and has been recognised for her work to support the physical and mental wellbeing of Trust employees.
Kayley said, “The team are very pleased to be shortlisted for one of the most prestigious national healthcare awards. It’s a fantastic opportunity to continue promotion of the diverse and innovative work of the Trust”.
Each of the shortlisted teams will have to deliver a presentation about their entry to a panel of judges. Winners will then be announced at a special awards ceremony in London in October.