A consultant nurse for substance misuse has been named Welsh “nurse of the year” by the Royal College of Nursing.
Louise Poley, who works for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, won the inaugural RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Award 2012 at a ceremony last night in Cardiff.
She led a multi-agency project to offer services to homeless people within their own environment and ensure they receive professional, evidenced-based and timely care within the health system.
The project’s aims were to work across traditional boundaries to improve the nutritional status of the homeless population, reduce the risk of cognitive impairment while minimizing the impact upon local hospitals both in terms of resources and finances.
The RCN’s judging panel praised Ms Poley, saying: “She is a champion in a difficult area and the panel were very impressed. Louise goes over and above her role to help ‘the forgotten population’.”
RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly said: “Drug and alcohol addiction remains a very serious problem in Wales despite the reduction in the number of drug misuse related deaths in Wales last year.
“Through her vision and ambition to drive forward change, Louise is committed to making a direct difference for this marginalised group.”
The runner-up was Lisa Franklin, professional and practice development nurse in general surgery, urology and head and neck. She is also from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Fill list of award winners:
RCN Wales Overall Nurse of the Year Award
Winner: Louise Poley, Nurse Consultant for Substance Misuse, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Runner-up: Lisa Franklin, Professional and Practice Development Nurse, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Community Nursing Award
Winner: Jane Brunsdon, Team Manager, Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Runner-up: Elizabeth Howlett, Respiratory Nurse Facilitator – Primary Care, Community Resource Team, Primary Care and Localities Directorate, Cwm Taf Local Health Board
Registered Nurse (Adult) Award
Winner: Lisa Franklin, Health visiting team co-ordinator, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Runner-up: Jenny Anne Buckley, Ward Sister, University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Nursing Student Award
Winner: Georgina Hobson, Learning Disabilities Nursing Student, Bangor University
Runner-up: Anthony Green, Learning Disabilities Nursing Student, Bangor University
Health Care Support Worker Award
Winner: Tracey Davies, Tissue Viability Health Care Support Worker, Hywel Dda Health Board
Runner-up: Claire Smith, Child and Family Health Care Support Worker, Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Clinical Nurse Specialist Award
Winner: Nicola West, Nurse Consultant Breast Cancer, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Runner-up: Vicki Myson, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for Epilepsy, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Award
Winner: Louise Poley, Consultant Nurse for Substance Misuse, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Runner-up: Sali Burns, Mental Health Nurse/Group Therapist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Children and Midwifery Award
Winner: Maureen Jones, Hywel Dda Health Board
Runner-up: Irfon Williams, Child and Adolescent Service Manager, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Chief Nursing Officer for Wales
Winner: Tanya Strange, Senior Nurse, Care Home Governance & Contracting, Continuing NHS Care, Aneurin Bevan Health Board
Runner-up: Jill Galvani, Director of Nursing, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Nursing Innovation and Research Award
Winner: Phedra Dodds, Gastrointestinal Nurse Practitioner, Abertawe BroMorgannwg University Health Board
Runner-up: Liz Waters, Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control Team, Aneurin Bevan Health Board