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NHS Leadership awards 2009: Source of inspiration

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Tricia Hart, Director of Nursing and Patient Safety at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has won the NHS Award for Inspiration at the NHS Leadership Awards 2009.

The role of leaders is even more important during the response to the quality and productivity challenge by embedding quality at the heart of everything that is done. These awards, announced on 25 November, were a great opportunity to celebrate some of the people who are leading the way.

Tricia is a registered nurse with further qualifications in midwifery, family planning, community nursing, health visiting, teaching and management. She joined South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2005 as Director of
Nursing, and her role covers all aspects of professional leadership for nursing and midwifery.

Tricia also has a lead role in ensuring the trust continues with its zero tolerance culture around healthcare associated infections.

‘I am truly elated - it feels like the pinnacle of a 34-year career in nursing. It’s an accolade for South Tees and for the nursing profession, as well as for me,’ Tricia says.

‘I think nurses at every level should be developing their leadership skills, particularly the roles of ward sisters and managers. They are in very clear leadership positions and can have a major impact on quality of care and patient safety.

Tricia was nominated for the award by a colleague, who wrote: ‘Through Tricia’s inspirational leadership, putting the patient at the heart of everything we do, quality of care has risen to unprecedented levels.

‘She has increased levels of nursing and matrons, gained extra innovative funding and spotted and nurtured the talent amongst our clinical staff.

‘More importantly, both staff and patient satisfaction have increased, the latter placing the trust in 16th position nationally, although Tricia would say that her greatest achievement was the award of “outstanding contribution to patient care” by her colleagues at the Trust’s Nightingale awards in 2008.’

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