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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

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Emma Bleasdale, from the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, was named “nurse of the year” last night at the Nursing Times Awards.

She was one of 11 nurses shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category, which was sponsored by Elysium Healthcare.

“I really feel privileged to do what I do – caring and supporting families”

Emma Bleasdale

Ms Bleasdale, who has been with the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice since 2013, started her nurse training aged 25 and worked as a nurse in the NHS for 10 years before joining the hospice care team.

She is currently a paediatric nurse and a perinatal team leader and has helped create a dedicated service just for families whose baby has been diagnosed with a life-shortening condition.

Ms Bleasdale has worked with consultants to develop the new service, after she identified there was a huge gap in service provision for families who had a baby in utero with a poor prognosis.

“Nursing is not just about some of the high-profile images of the profession you see in the media”

Jenni Middleton

As well as helping families, she also supports professionals to enable them to understand the need for the service and frequently speaks at local, national and international conferences.

Ms Bleasdale and her nine-strong team are currently looking after over 85 families West Yorkshire and North Manchester.

She said: “I really feel privileged to do what I do – caring and supporting families. Even though it’s me that is nominated, it’s a team effort from everyone at Forget Me Not.

“I work with some great colleagues who have encouraged and supported me throughout my journey here,” she added.

In a glittering ceremony last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, nurses and organisations from across the profession were honoured across 23 award categories.

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse named ‘nurse of the year’

Nursing Times Awards 2017

In addition, at the start of the ceremony, representatives from the 11 trusts involved in caring for those caught up in the Manchester and London terror attacks received a standing ovation as they each received a Special Recognition Award for their role.

This year the Team of the Year award, sponsored by Unison, went to Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust for its school age immunisation service.

In its first year, the team reached 61% flu vaccine coverage – a percentage that had never before been achieved in Derbyshire and was within the national target range of 45-65%.

By the second year, the team smashed the national target and delivered 69% – the best for the region. They also had a positive impact on delivering staff flu vaccines throughout the trust.

Meanwhile, the HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care went to Circle Nottingham for establishing a tai chi programme for rheumatology patients.

Circle Nottingham is the largest independent sector treatment centre providing services to NHS patients in the country.

Its team established eight permanent and accessible tai chi programmes for patients with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune illness including arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, fall prevention, rehabilitation and diabetes.

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Six of the class participants have now also trained as instructors to help to run the classes.

In the last award of the evening, Janice Smyth was unveiled as the recipient of the Chief Nursing Officer’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, which was sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing.

She has enjoyed a career that has spanned the statutory and independent sectors, having held roles as a nursing director, union official and government advisor, among others.

She has a long history of improving care for older people, having been director of nursing at Sandown Nursing Group, at that time the UK’s largest privately owned healthcare group.

Currently working for the RCN, Ms Smyth joined in 2005 as deputy director and head of employment relations, and was appointed director of the college in Northern Ireland in 2009.

That same year she was appointed by the minister for health, social services and public safety as a non-executive director on the board of the Northern Ireland Patient and Client Council.

At the RCN, she has been credited with having provided a “strong, credible voice for nursing”, while addressing the challenging issues facing health and social care in Northern Ireland.

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Grosvenor House Hotel

Just before joining the college, she was a nursing officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety with responsibility for education, regulation, workforce and leadership.

In that role, her professional influence helped bring about legislative changes that enabled older people to have free nursing home care.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ulster University for her contribution to nursing, and was one of 50 nurses celebrated in the inaugural Nursing Times Most Inspirational Leaders in 2014.

Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times and the host of the awards, said: “Nursing is not just about some of the high-profile images of the profession you see in the media, such as the life-saving work of theatre nurses and the emergency and critical care provided by A&E nurses.

“It’s also about nurses helping to prevent ill-health, managing long-term conditions and supporting the most vulnerable people in our society to live independently and as they would wish,” she said.

  • Read more about the winners and finalists in our special awards brochure (see attached PDF below) and the dedicated Nursing Times Awards website

The full list of Nursing Times Awards 2017 winners:

 

Cancer Nursing (sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support)

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust – Developing Standardised Guidelines for the Management of Immunotherapy Toxicities

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Cancer Nursing - Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

 

Care of Older People

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust – Ear Care & Audiology Services: An integrated approach to ear care for older people

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Care of Older People – Rotherham Foundation Trust

 

Child and Adolescent Services

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS England – Locked up and still hard to reach: integrated healthcare for children and young people in custody

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Child and Adolescent Services – South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS England

 

Rising Star

Katrina Sealey – Children and Family Health Surrey

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Rising Star – Katrina Sealey

 

Continence Promotion and Care

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust – Supporting parents and health care professionals to manage childhood constipation in the community

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Continence Promotion and Care – Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

 

Managing Long-term Conditions

Spectrum Community Health CIC – Home haemodialysis project

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Managing Long-term Conditions – Spectrum Community Health CIC

 

Clinical Research Nursing (sponsored by National Institute for Health Research)

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – Streamlining the research team

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Clinical Research Nursing – Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

 

Surgical Nursing

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust – Education programme

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Surgical Nursing – Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

 

Nurse Leader of the Year (sponsored by London South Bank University)

Gillan Belfon-Johnson – North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Nurse Leader of the Year – Gillan Belfon-Johnson (centre)

 

Emergency and Critical Care

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Hug in a Bag

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Emergency and Critical Care – Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

Enhancing Patient Dignity

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust – End-of-life Care

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Enhancing Patient Dignity – North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

 

Infection Prevention and Control

Nuffield Health – Educational programme for directors of infection prevention and control (DIPC) within the Independent Healthcare Sector

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Infection Prevention and Control – Nuffield Health

 

Technology and Data in Nursing (Cambio Healthcare Systems)

North East London NHS Foundation Trust – NELFT My Mind

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Technology and Data in Nursing – North East London NHS Foundation Trust

 

Nursing in Mental Health

South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health NHS Trust – Psychiatric decision unit - Lotus Assessment Suite

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Nursing in Mental Health – South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health NHS Trust

 

Nursing in the Community

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust – Homeless health peripatetic nurse service (London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham)

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Nursing in the Community – Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

 

Patient Safety Improvement (sponsored by Burdett Trust for Nursing)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – No Force First

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Patient Safety Improvement – Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

 

Respiratory Nursing

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – School asthma bus

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Respiratory Nursing – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

 

Learning Disabilities Nursing

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – VIP Pathway “you are important to us”

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Learning Disabilities Nursing – James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care (sponsored by Nuffield Health)

Circle Nottingham – Establishing a Tai Chi for health program for rheumatology patients

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care – Circle Nottingham

 

Nurse of the Year (sponsored by Elysium Healthcare)

Emma Bleasdale – Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

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Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Emma Bleasdale (centre)

 

Team of the Year (sponsored by Unison)

Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Team of the Year – Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust

 

Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing)

Janice Smyth (Northern Ireland)

Nursing Times Awards 2017

Children’s hospice nurse unveiled as ‘nurse of the year’

Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement – Janice Smyth (Pictured: Jenni Middleton, Janet Davies, Janice Smyth, Charlotte McArdle)

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  • Let us not forget the thousands of nurses who every day and night work tirelessly for their patients, often unpaid when working through breaks and over their allocated hours.

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