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06 May 2015

UH Bristol celebrates Nurses' Day

UH Bristol has been celebrating the work of its nurses and midwives. Nurses' Day is an internationally recognised day that acknowledges the key role played by these professionals in caring for our patients. Celebrations take place on or around 12 May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

An important part of UH Bristol's Nurses' Day celebrations are the Nursing and Midwifery Recognition Awards, which are generously supported by the hospitals' charity Above & Beyond. The awards are presented to nurses or midwives who have been nominated by their colleagues for their hard work and dedication to patient care and for going above what is expected of them. The awards were presented by motivational speaker Chris Moon, who was the guest speaker on the day.

The winners were:

Nursing and midwifery team award

Children's emergency department nursing team

This team is dedicated to the care of children around the clock and has set an example for high standards of care. These nurses live the values of the trust through their exemplary team working, constant innovation and the respect they have towards patients.

Highly commended: Theatre one and two nursing staff, Heygroves Theatres, Bristol Royal Infirmary

Above & Beyond nursing and midwifery award

Cally Preece, sister, BRI emergency department

Cally embodies the trust values in her behaviour and works tirelessly to improve education and standards at the emergency department. Her work has improved patient safety and boosted staff morale. She has also supported colleagues in their professional development.

Highly commended: Ruth Hendy, Trust lead cancer nurse, and Jane Bailey, matron, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre

Rising Star award

Katy Pitt, senior staff nurse, ward 78, St Michael's Hospital

Katy's colleagues say she is always positive and is a role model for the Trust. She is a decisive leader who communicates effectively with all levels of the multi-disciplinary team and ensures everyone is working in the best interests of the patient.

Highly commended: Laura Hamer, assistant practitioner, ward C708, Bristol Heart Institute

Nursing/midwifery assistant of the year

Candice Susman, nursing assistant ward A609 surgical and trauma assessment unit, BRI

Candice is an efficient nursing assistant who gives a consistently high standard of care, ensuring her patients are happy and safe. Candice communicates effectively with the whole team and frequently makes suggestions for improvements to her ward.

Highly commended: Carol Hopkins, outpatients department, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children; and Gary Hodder, BRI emergency department

Registered nurse/midwife of the year

Jenny Ford, midwife matron, St Michael's Hospital

Jenny Ford, who has worked at the Trust for more than 25 years, is an exceptional midwife and a truly inspirational leader, say her colleagues. She is regarded as highly dependable and professional, frequently providing advice to staff at all levels from junior midwives to obstetric consultants.

Highly commended: Lisa Acton, diabetes specialist midwife, St Michael's Hospital

Inspirational leader award

Ann Steele-Nicholson, lead nurse for genitourinary medicine, contraception and sexual health, Bristol Sexual Health Centre

Ann is a highly valued professional and an excellent listener who provides sound advice. She now leads a large team of nurses at the Central Health Clinic and community clinics - a role she has excelled in.

Highly commended: Sophie Dunkley, ward sister, coronary care unit, BHI