Our Wakefield health integration team have been shortlisted for the Community and General Practice Nursing Award of the prestigious RCNi Nurse Awards.
The awards received nearly 700 entries and the team are one of just five finalists in their category.
The team provides healthcare and support to 300 asylum seekers during their five to six-week stay in an initial accommodation centre.
They provide an initial health assessment on all new arrivals, looking at both physical and mental health and providing a full timetable of activities and clubs for all age groups.
In 12 months, the team has saved the NHS £990,000 by preventing emergency hospital attendances.
Now in their 32nd year, the RCNi Nurse Awards celebrate the very best in nursing care. Covering a wide range of specialities such as learning disability nursing, child health, cancer nursing, mental health nursing and nursing older people, these awards are widely regarded as the highest accolade for nurses in the UK.
Ellie Armitage, team leader, said: “We’re elated to have been recognised for our innovative work. We started from scratch six years ago and now we’re seen as a beacon site for initial accommodation centres, of which there are eight across the country. To be shortlisted for these awards is amazing, we are very happy.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 3 July 2019.
Find out more about the team in our short video: