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Gordon Brown makes surprise appearance at the Nursing Times Awards

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown last night paid tribute to the country’s top nurses with a surprise appearance at the Nursing Times Awards

The Prime Minister presented the prestigious Chief Nursing Officer’s Award to Nick Shaughnessy of Partnerships in Care, who works with patients who self-harm.

In a speech to an enthusiastic crowd of around 500 nurses in London’s Park Lane Hilton, Mr Brown joked about being offered free booze while in hospital for a rugby injury in his youth.

And he also had serious praise for nurses, saying: ‘You never forget the nurses that helped you, and there is not a family in this country who does not benefit from the great nursing care that you are responsible for.’

Click here to watch exclusive video footage of the Prime Minister’s speech.

NT Awards 2008: The Winners

Chief Nursing Officer’s Award
Nick Shaughnessy - Partnerships in Care, Arbury Court

Accident and Emergency Nursing
Emma Fisher - University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Bank or Agency Nurse of the Year
Caroline Hall - NHS Professionals

Cancer Nurse Leader of the Year
Melanie Bowling - Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Child Health Award
Cath O’Kane and colleagues - Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Continence Award
Claire Bohr - Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Infection Control Nursing
Stephen Rowley and colleagues - University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation in Your Specialty
Linda Kelly - NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Improving Maternity Services
Hazel Cathcart and colleagues - Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Mental Health
Matthew Paterson and colleagues - Greater Manchester West NHS Foundation Trust

ThePatient Pathway: Making Quality Count
Joanne Hirst and colleagues - Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Sexual Health
Teresa Day - Isle of Wight PCT

Team of the Year Award
Ian Slaughter and the nursing squadron - Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, Ministry of Defence

Click here for a PDF of the awards feature

If you were at the awards and would like to share your experiences of the night, click here to email the online editor.

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  • We had a wonderful evening, and quite a late one!
    As nurses we dont normaly seek recognition, but when you do receive it, particularly from the Nursing Times, having been "bigged up" by the PM, it means all the more.
    Thanks for a truly memorable evening.
    See you next year.........................?

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  • I was at the awards ceremony and I was sober - I was driving. I was really surprised by the appearance of Gordon Brown and very honoured that he took the time to speak at the event. Nurses don't blow their own trumpet and the NT event was brilliant - Hilton prices aside. I thought the standing ovation for the team of the year said it all - we are all proud of our profession - long may we stand and develop for the benefit of patients

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