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Agency Nurse of the Year Award

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Winner: Tim Bennett British Nursing Association

Agency Nurse of the Year for 2007 is Tim Bennett (pictured) from the British Nursing Association. Unlike many agency nurses, Tim works on a long-term basis with two clients in their own homes. Both are paralysed and have extremely complex needs and Tim takes a leading role in coordinating their care and ensuring that other professionals understand their needs

Winner: Tim Bennett British Nursing Association

Agency Nurse of the Year for 2007 is Tim Bennett (pictured) from the British Nursing Association. Unlike many agency nurses, Tim works on a long-term basis with two clients in their own homes. Both are paralysed and have extremely complex needs and Tim takes a leading role in coordinating their care and ensuring that other professionals understand their needs.

He demonstrates a great deal of flexibility in scheduling his own shifts to ensure his clients always have 24-hour cover and is highly valued by them and their families. Tim has helped develop a communication system for a client who is unable to speak and has trained other professionals to use it. Colleagues and clients alike are full of praise for his commitment, patience and caring nature as well as his excellent nursing skills.

Tim’s agency praised his reliability, saying he had never cancelled a shift due to illness. ‘If he has been unwell he has recovered the shift himself by asking one of the other members of his team, which they always do as he will also help them out with last-minute cover,’ branch manager, Grant Howell, said. ‘Tim is an asset to our branch, the BNA in general and to any service user that he nurses for.’


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Highly commended

Sarah-Jane Michel, NHS Professionals
Sarah-Jane Michel is a newly qualified nurse who worked as a clinical support worker (CSW) for NHS Professionals while at university. Her entry demonstrated great insight in using her role as a CSW and her university work to the benefit of each, while always understanding the boundaries of both. ‘She also showed a real ability to empathise with patients and their families, and a clear understanding of her own competencies, as well as the confidence to ask for support from qualified colleagues when necessary,’ the judges said. ‘We believe that Sarah-Jane will prove to be a real asset to the nursing profession.’

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Finalists

Mary Coles, Allied Healthcare Group
Mary provides care mainly for patients with complex and continuing needs and those requiring palliative care. She enables patients to be cared for at home rather than in hospital, with testimonials from families and her agency managers providing eloquent witness to the value placed on her skills.

Fiona Mackay, Mayfair Specialist Nurses
Fiona focuses on theatre nursing, working as a dual-skilled anaesthetic and surgical assistant, and is the only nurse in her agency asked to undertake the extended role of acting theatre sister. Fiona regularly does shifts starting at 6.30am as part of an initiative to reduce
local waiting lists and is described as an asset both to her agency and to theatre nursing
in general.

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Judges

- Ann Shuttleworth, clinical editor, Nursing Times
- Jennie Negus, deputy director of nursing, Homerton Hospital NHS Trust
- Alyx Peters, MPS Healthcare
- Rowena Williams, Montagu Nursing Agency Ltd

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Sponsored by MPS Healthcare/Montagu Nursing Agency

MPS Healthcare (established in 2000) has grown rapidly to become one of Wales’s largest and well respected nursing agencies. MPS currently provides healthcare workers, both permanent and temporary, for a variety of settings throughout Wales. Montagu Nursing Agency specialises in providing skilled nurses and healthcare assistants, and has an excellent reputation for delivering exceptional care. Both are part of the European Recruitment Network Group.

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