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What does winning the Nursing Times award mean to our team?

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They did it, they won! And now they want to inspire you to do the same …

In May 2008 I made my first attempt at entering the Nursing Times Awards. It was a bit tricky, as I hadn’t tried before, and I wasn’t even savvy enough to copy and paste from word to check the word count and spellings. On reflection I think it was a bit of a disaster!

But not to be deterred, when the awards came around in 2009 we tried again. Since 2005 we have worked diligently to redesign our service to make it more efficient while meeting the needs of our patients and following guidance from the DH and NSF for older people. This year’s application was a part of the service redesign but focused on skill mix. Taking the traditional role of the clinical nurse specialist for continence and seeing what elements could be safely and efficiently delivered by a health care assistant, to this end the role was identified, product reassessed, a competency framework developed and a product re-assessment document tool devised. This was the basis of our submission.

It must have worked because we were invited to attend the award ceremony in November. To hear the words ‘and the winning award is Wol…’. Well, we new it was us …how fantastic. It is the last NT award we will enter as a PCT which made the event very poignant and has had such a positive impact on us all, the staff are now very enthusiastic to entering any awards that they hear of. We wanted to let you hear how they feel about winning the award. 

“We are very proud of this achievement; it has enabled me to pursue my nursing career. The continence team has come a long way and has developed the role of the health care assistant, giving nurses time to develop their skills and knowledge.” Kerry Zgrzywa, senior support worker.

“As a manager of the service at the time, seeing a concept through to fruition and the real benefits that it provides patients was very satisfying for me. Winning the award was recognition of the hard work that every member put in.” Qadar Zada, former service manager.

“To have won the nursing times award for continence was fantastic. It has helped us feel valued in the hard work that we do each day.” Sarah Grosvenor, staff nurse.  

“It was a fantastic achievement by the team which reflected their commitment to innovation and provided the highest quality services to the people of our city, awards such as this one boost the morale of the whole organisation.” Jon Crockett, CEO.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my mentorship role, working with Kerry and utilising the competency framework, it has been a great opportunity which every qualified nurse should experience and also how it has enhanced and further developed our service.” Jo Howells, clinical nurse specialist.

“Winning the award for continence was an amazing achievement. It acknowledged that we were one of the best within the country. It was a very overwhelming experience which I will always remember and feel it’s motivated the team even more to improve our service and apply for awards in the future. Celebrating our achievement at the Hilton was fantastic, especially as we were able to celebrate as a team, not forgetting those who could not make it.

“The amount of congratulations we received, not only through the PCT service but also from the Royal Wolverhampton hospital and the RCN was amazing, it was brilliant to know that so many people had heard of our achievement which meant a lot to us all, and also meant we were not a forgotten service. After winning the award for the Nursing Times 2010, we were invited to the trust board by Jon Crockett to give our presentation as he wanted to show others why we had won, which again made us feel very proud of our achievement. I can very proud of our team and our service!” Leigh Miller, staff nurse.

“The number of congratulations that have been sent to the team has been astounding and uplifting, giving a great sense of being valued. They have come from colleagues within our own PCT, our local acute trust, the SHA as well as colleagues in neighbouring PCT’s and commercial reps. It’s a good job that they were sent electronically, the post man would have struggled!

“The team is very proud of its achievement and acknowledgement of the hard work and effort that they made. Members are now looking at other awards and are taking the initiative in identifying projects that they can undertake to submit for the Nursing Times awards for 2011.” Jo Cooke, nurse consultant for continence care.

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