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Children’s consultant nurse wins top Welsh RCN award

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A pioneer in the field of children’s health has been named the 2016 “nurse of the year” for Wales by the Royal College of Nursing.

Sian Thomas, a consultant nurse at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, was announced the winner of the prestigious title at the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards last night.

“Sian is an exceptional leader in the field of child health”

Tina Donnelly

She was recognised for innovative work – as the leader of a multi-agency team – to support a child with complex needs to attend mainstream school.

The solution she came up with has generated national interest from other health boards and children’s organisations keen to follow suit.

“Sian is an exceptional leader in the field of child health,” RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly. “Her work has empowered her patients and their families and improved their quality of life.”

Ms Thomas said was proud to win the award and to be a children’s nurse. “I feel very honoured to be a children’s nurse and work with families and multi-agency staff to make a real difference to children and their families,” she said.

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“In the modern health care arena, we as nurses need to develop innovative solutions to complex situations,” she said. “Being awarded this title enables the sharing of knowledge and experience about our initiative and to support other nurses in their practice.”  

Ms Thomas was one of many nurses to be recognised for their achievements at the awards ceremony held at City Hall, Cardiff.

Awards were given out in 17 categories, including a lifetime achievement award, which went to Karen Logan, consultant nurse in continence care at Aneurin Bevan.

Every day nurses care for patients and communities, making a positive difference in the lives of many,” said Ms Donnelly.

Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones

“These compassionate and competent nurses are a credit to the field of healthcare and their efforts deserve recognition,” she added.

First minister of Wales Carwyn Jones congratulated all the winners and runners-up. “Everyone involved in our health service has an invaluable role to play, but nurses truly are on the front line,” he said.

“Their dedication and commitment does not go unnoticed and I speak on behalf of the people of Wales when I say thank you for the professionalism and personal commitment they show each and every day.”

Full list of winners from RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2016

 

Wales Nurse of the Year Award

Sponsored by Velindre NHS Trust

Winner

Sian Thomas, Consultant Nurse (Child Health), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Cwm Taf University Health Board

Winner

Karen Logan, Consultant Nurse in Continence Care, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Humanitarian Nursing Award

Sponsored by University of South Wales

Joint Winner

Donna Hornby, Practice Nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Joint Winner

Sharron Price, Lead Nurse, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

 

Nursing Student Award

Sponsored by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

Winner

Stephanie Morris, Student Nurse, Bangor University

Runner-up

Luke Pybus, Student Nurse, University of South Wales

 

Health Care Support Worker Award

Sponsored by The Open University Wales

Winner

Mike Mallett, Specialist Needle and Pharmacy Exchange Coordinator, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Leanne Adamson, Health Care Support Worker, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist Award

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board 

Winner

Jane James, Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Runner-up

Gaynor Harrison, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Cwm Taf University Health Board

 

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Award

Sponsored by Aneurin University Bevan Health Board

Winner

Jeffrey Davies, Clinics Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Margaret Meleady, Clinical Lead Therapeutic Day Services, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Children and Midwifery Award

Sponsored by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Winner

Sian Thomas, Consultant Nurse (Child Health), Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Jennifer Walsh, Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award

Sponsored by Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Welsh Government

Winner

Tom Grace, Senior Nurse/Head Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Runner-up

Melanie Davies, Ward Sister, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

 

Registered Nurse (Adult) Award

Sponsored by Powys teaching Health Board

Winner

Linzi Shone, Ward Sister, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Runner-up

Michelle Cooper, Ward Manager, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Innovation in Nursing Award

Sponsored by Frontier Medical Group

Winner

Anna Sussex, Frequent Attenders Case Load Manager, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board  

Runner-up

Sian Elizabeth Ashford, Senior Clinical Contact Centre Clinician, Welsh Ambulance Services Trust

 

Community Nursing Award

Sponsored by Hywel Dda University Health Board  

Winner

Jacqueline Jones, School Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Runners-up

Michelle Donovan, Nurse Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

AND

Joanne Williams, Health Care Support Worker, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Award

Sponsored by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Winner

Lucie Williams, Senior Nurse, Cwm Taf University Health Board

Runner-up

Ceri Thomas, Lead Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

 

Nurse Education Award

Sponsored by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Winner

Tracy Ross, Senior Lecturer, Glyndwr University

Runner-up

Dr Sally Anstey, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

 

Research in Nursing Award

Sponsored by Cardiff University

Winner

Simon Cassidy, Practice Education Facilitator, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Runners-up

Sarah Jones, Senior Research Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

AND

Dr Helen Trench, Research Nurse, Hywel Dda University Health Board

 

Improving Individual and Population Health Award

Sponsored by Public Health Wales

Winner

Janine Roderick, Policy Lead for Public Health and Policing in Wales, Public Health Wales

Runner-up

Marianne Seabright, Specialist Practitioner Victims Services, Aneurin Bevan

 

Mentorship Award

Sponsored by University of South Wales and Cwm Taf University Health Board

Winner

Ffion Pursglove, Staff Nurse, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Runner-Up

Mark Smart, Midwife, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

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