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Private sector nurses celebrate awards

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Two nurses are celebrating after winning top awards for their work in the private healthcare sector.

BMI Healthcare’s annual awards celebrate the achievements of the firm’s 69 hospitals and nearly 8,000 staff. 

Jacky McCafferty, a critical care sister at the BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow with more than 30 years’ experience, won the Florence Nightingale Award at the ceremony in London.  

While working, Ms McCafferty, 54, studied for a master’s degree in advanced nursing and travelled to China to support improvements to the skills of the country’s nursing workforce.                  

The company said its Florence Nightingale Award was given in recognition of the nurse who best “embodies the spirit of the iconic nurse, through compassion and dedication to the nursing profession”. 

Commenting on her award, Ms McCafferty said: “This was a lovely surprise, but I really think I do my best work is as part of the nursing team at Ross Hall, so it’s not a stand-alone achievement.”        

Meanwhile, Sharon Campbell, an acute pain sister at the same hospital, won the “Best Patient Care Initiative Award”.

Ms Campbell received the award because of the nurse-led practice she set up for the hospital’s headache clinic, which helped reduce waiting times and provide the support for patients.   

Prizes were presented by Sophie Hosking, who won an Olympic gold medal in the women’s lightweight double sculls with Katherine Copeland. 

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