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Nominate nurses making outstanding contribution to wellbeing

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Nurses are being encouraged to nominate colleagues who made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing over the past year.

The annual Bevan Prize recognises individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of health and wellbeing in the UK, while also embodying the founding principles of the NHS.

The initiative is run by the Bevan Foundation, a charity set up in 2001 that seeks to influence the policy agenda in Wales.

The prize aims to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organisations from across the UK who are “working hard to protect and promote” the founding ethos of the NHS.

There are three prize sections, one for individuals, one for organisations and also a lifetime contribution award.

Northern Irish nurse Susan Semple was the winner of the 2014 Bevan Prize for Health and Wellbeing in the individual category.

As healthcare coordinator for the single homeless with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, she assists people to enhance their own health, through innovative nurse-led initiatives in hostels. This includes a screening and immunisation service and the development of care plans.

The 2015 award ceremony is due to take place on 7 July at the Houses of Parliament. Visit the foundation’s website for more information on the prize and how to nominate someone or an organisation.

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