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Ward sister named RCN Wales’ nurse of the year

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Claire Harris has been named “nurse of the year” for 2015 by the Royal College of Nursing her innovative and pioneering work in stroke services.

The fourth annual RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards was held last night at City Hall in Cardiff.

Ms Harris, a ward sister at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, emerged as the overall winner of the night, with competition from 12 other category winners.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the help and support of all the nurses that I’ve worked with”

Claire Harris

She was commended for being instrumental in delivering the Stroke Design Programme within her health board.

It aims to create a single site stroke service and has seen the introduction of six hyper acute stroke beds at Royal Gwent Hospital.

As a result, the acute stroke unit has seen an increase in discharge rates and a reduction in the average length of stay for patients, which has had a direct effect on stroke patients – enabling them to be transferred to ASU sooner, meaning their patient journey to recovery could begin earlier.

To support the programme, Ms Harris has also created strong links with ward sisters in the community setting, allowing a swift and seamless flow to community hospitals, clearly further enhancing patient experiences.

In addition, she has raised staff perception of the importance of communication with patients and relatives, which has been achieved through carer’s clinics and other proactive communication tools.

Judges described her as an “exceptional individual who puts patients and their families at the centre of care”.

Ms Harris said she was “really overwhelmed” by winning the award.

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Ward sister named RCN Wales’ nurse of the year

Claire Harris

“Nursing is something that I do every day and something that I love,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without the help and support of all the nurses that I’ve worked with. It really is a team effort.”

Steve Ham, chief executive at Velindre NHS Trust, which sponsored the award this year, presented Ms Harris with her prize, alongside RCN president Cecilia Anim, RCN Wales board chair Gaynor Jones and director of RCN Wales, Tina Donnelly.

Ms Donnelly said: “Claire Harris is a prime example of the right nursing care for the right patients. She is dedicated to ensuring high levels of care for stroke patients and the increase in discharge rates and reduction in length of stay of patients have proven this.

“She is an admirable individual and a worthy winner of the Wales Nurse of the Year Award 2015,” she added.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said: “These awards celebrate the outstanding work they [nurses] do, often in extremely difficult situations.

“They are the beating heart of any hospital, any clinic, any surgery,” he said. “They have my utmost admiration and it was an absolute privilege to be a part of this important ceremony.”

The awards covered a total of 16 categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Full list of winners at the RCN Wales Awards 2015

 

Wales Nurse of the Year Award

(Sponsored by Velindre NHS Trust)

Winner

Claire Harris, Ward Sister, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

(Sponsored by Cwm Taf University Health Board)

Winner

Brenda Scourfield, School Health Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Humanitarian Nursing Award

(Sponsored by University of South Wales)

Winner

Roisin O’Hare, Asylum Seeker Nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Emily Brace, Specialist Midwife, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 

Nursing Student Award

(Sponsored by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership)

Winner

Steffan Robbins, Student Nurse, Bangor University

Runner-up

Jade Silver, Student Nurse, University of South Wales

 

Healthcare Support Worker Award

(Sponsored by The Open University Wales)

Winner

Justine Jamieson, Healthcare Support Worker, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Karen Williams, Healthcare Assistant, Glan-yr-Afon Nursing Home

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist Award

(Sponsored by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board)

Winner

Emily Carne, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist Immunology and Allergy Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Runner-up

Richard Jones, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Award

(Sponsored by Aneurin Bevan Health Board)

Winner

Tracey Lloyd, Macmillan Specialist Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Runner-up

Lisa Kinsella, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Children and Midwifery Award

Winners

Helen Erasmus, Lead Midwife Public Health

Liz Smith, Midwifery Borough Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Marita Fernandez, Sister/Unit Manager, Cwm Taf University Health Board

 

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award

(Sponsored by Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Welsh Government)

Winner

Claire Harris, Ward Sister, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runners-up

Dr Carolyn Middleton, Senior Nurse, and Dr Nicola Ryley, Assistant Director of Nursing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Registered Nurse (Adult) Award

(Sponsored by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board)

Winner

Debbie Davies, Deputy Ward Sister, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 Runner-up

Lisa Marshall, Ward Sister, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Innovation in Nursing Award

(Sponsored by Frontier Medical Group)

Winner

Sarah Ann Beuschel, Transfusion Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Bethan Lewis, Lead Nurse for Young Persons Tier 1 Service, Cwm Taf University Health Board

 

Community Nursing Award

(Sponsored by Hywel Dda Health Board)

Winner

Ann Bamsey and Susan Grounds, Flying Start Health Visitors, Powys teaching Health Board

Runner-up

Richard Desir, Divisional Nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Award

(Sponsored by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales)

Winner

Arleen Testa, Nurse Manager, Glan yr Afon Nursing Home

Runner-up

Christopher Sayer, Mental Capacity Act Lead, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Nurse Education Award

(Sponsored by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board)

Winner

Dr Malcolm Godwin, Deputy Head (Teaching and Learning - Quality & Curriculum Delivery), Bangor University

Runner-up

Alison Kirton, Practice Educator for Scheduled Care, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Research in Nursing Award

(Sponsored by Cardiff University)

Winner

Dr Ben Hannigan, Reader in Mental Health Nursing, Cardiff University

Runner-up

Professor Christopher Burton, Deputy Head of School, Bangor University

 

Improving Individual and Population Health Award

(Sponsored by Public Health Board)

Winner

Kath Goode, Nurse Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Anne Thomas, Staff Nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

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