A sister credited with developing an infusion service at her hospital in North Wales has received an award from the country’s most senior nurse.
The chief nursing officer for Wales Professor Jean White presented the winner of the Betsi Cadwaladr Fellowship Award for excellence in nursing at her annual conference last Wednesday.
The CNO presented the award to Corinne Hocking, a sister in the assessment and therapy unit at Llandudno hospital, for her work in developing the infusion service provided at the unit.
In addition, Debbie Tucker, senior ward sister in Prince Philip hospital, was highly commended for her work to develop a new frailty support worker role.
CNO for Wales Jean White said: “It was a great honour to present the winners of the Betsi Cadwaladr Scholarship Foundation Award, to those who have achieved excellence in their field of nursing.”
The CNO’s event was held at Cardiff City Stadium and provided an opportunity for healthcare workers to share experiences, innovative ideas and good practice.
The sixth showcase conference was attended by over 200 delegates, including nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses, healthcare support workers and students.
Welsh CNO presents awards for excellence in nursing
Ms White added: “I would also like to thank everyone who has contributed to this event. The enthusiasm and pride we have seen here today are a credit to all those involved.
“It was fantastic to see nurses from all sectors, as well as health care support workers and students working together, sharing ideas and experiences to improve patient care,” she said.
The event was opened by social services and public health minister for Wales Rebecca Evans.
She said: “I am glad to have the opportunity to spend time with so many nurses, midwives and healthcare support workers.
“It is a chance for me to recognize and pay tribute to the fantastic work that nurses are involved in to make sure that patients have the best possible care, and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you,” she said.
She added: “The Welsh government has made a commitment to attract and train more nurses across Wales and we have just launched a nurse recruitment campaign, promoting the benefits of training, working and living in Wales. We are also extending the NHS Wales bursary scheme for a further year.”