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Surrey community nurse receives leadership award

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Wendy Newnham, lead for Surrey Community Nursing Services, has won a prestigious award for clinical leaders who shown a commitment to person-centred care.

Ms Newnham, who works for Virgin Care, has been announced as the 2016 winner of the Sue Pembrey Award by the Foundation of Nursing Studies.

“Wendy has demonstrated her leadership skills clearly”

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The awards judges described her as an “impressive nominee”, whose leadership was “clearly valued” by her staff.

“She has a strong person-centred, innovative and empowering leadership style, which has brought about a transformation in the service and the staff who provide it,” they said.

Matthew Hodson, Virgin Care’s chief nurse, said: “Wendy has demonstrated her leadership skills clearly, focussing on her team and colleagues to create a person-centred environment and inspiring her colleagues to provide the best care.

“This nomination came directly from Wendy’s team and shows just how much her leadership style has impressed her colleagues,” he added.

She was one of three exceptional clinical leaders shortlisted for the award, said the foundation.

Also shortlisted were Graham Kelly, general manager of the Hill View Bupa Care Home in Clydebank, and Nicola Williams, manager of the heart support team at Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust.


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Ms Newnham’s award was presented at Queen Margaret University’s enhancing practice conference on 1 September in Edinburgh.

The award commemorates Dr Sue Pembrey, one of the UK’s outstanding nursing leaders of the late twentieth century.

Her primary contributions included supporting the academic development of clinical nursing and the development of nursing practice through the strengthening of the ward sister’s leadership role and pioneering a commitment to patient-centred hospital care.

The foundation said the award aimed to “continue the translation of her research and practice development contribution regarding the vital role clinical leaders play in creating person-centred cultures”.

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