A first of its kind award ceremony in Sheffield has celebrated the “often-unsung work” of nurses in primary care.
The first ever Sheffield General Practice Nurse and Healthcare Assistant Awards took place on Wednesday and was held to recognise the hard work and dedication to patients of GP nurses and healthcare assistants.
“We started these awards to acknowledge the invaluable contribution that they make for our patients”
Around 100 people attended the celebration which was organised by Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group in collaboration with the Sheffield Practice Nurse Forum.
According to Sheffield CCG, the award ceremony formed part of a learning and knowledge initiative sharing event for nurses in which attendees discussed the vision and strategy for GP nurses and how they can raise their profile and share the important work they are doing.
General practice nurses and healthcare assistants work in GP practices and are an essential part of the primary care team in which they plan and provide nursing care, treatment and health education to patients of all ages, noted the CCG.
It said that this year’s awards were launched in a bid to recognise the often-unsung work nurses do in primary care.
The ceremony was held at Sheffield United football club and a number of “key figures” in healthcare in the area presented awards.
There were six award categories recognising different attributes which included: innovation, commitment to nursing, mentor and preceptorship, rising star, long term condition management and one of the highest nominated areas was for the healthcare assistant of the year.
Shortlisted nominations highlighted a nurse who has worked in practice for almost 30 years and another who runs clinics for patients with language and cultural barriers.
Nurses that are taking innovative approaches to nursing and a healthcare assistant who mentors apprentices were also among those nominated.
Mandy Philbin, chief nurse at Sheffield CCG, said: “General practice nurses and healthcare assistants often go about their jobs without realising what a massive difference they are making.”
“We started these awards to acknowledge the invaluable contribution that they make for our patients and to give credit to the vast array of talent and skills within our brilliant primary care nursing workforce,” she added.
Ms Philbin noted that the volume of nominations received was a “testament to how valued the primary care nurse workforce is”.
She said: “I know the judging panel had a really difficult decision when picking the winners and to me, every single nomination was a winner.”
Following the success of this year’s event NHS Sheffield CCG said it hopes to make this an annual event on a larger scale.
The full list of winners:
Rising Star Award
Winner: Louise Bloxham – Page Hall Medical Centre
Presenter: Alun Windle -Deputy Chief Nurse at NHS Sheffield CCG
Mentorship and Preceptorship Award
Winner: Becky Howden - The Flowers Health Centre
Presenter: Susan Wakefield - Head of Nursing at Sheffield Hallam University
Winner: Katie Whitehead - The Hollies Medical Centre
Presenter: Marie Therese Massy - Chair of Sheffield Practice Nurse Forum
Long Term Conditions Award
Winner: Celia Sefton - Page Hall Medical Centre
Presenters: Breathe Easy patient group representatives
Commitment to Nursing Award
Winner: Joy Naylor - Shoreham Street and Baslow Road Surgeries
Presenter: Duncan Couch – Chair of Sheffield Local Medical Committee (LMC)
Health Care Assistant of the year
Winner: Jill Coe - Richmond Medical Centre
Presenter: Maddy Ruff – Accountable Officer of NHS Sheffield CCG
Chief Nurse Thank You Certificate
Winner: Janice Wake – The Mathews Practice
Presenter: Mandy Philbin – Chief Nurse at NHS Sheffield CCG