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Nursing Times reveals winners of inaugural Workforce Awards

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The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has been named as the Best UK employer of the year at the inaugural Nursing Times Workforce Awards.

The London-based specialist cancer trust won the award for its efforts to “aspire to excellence” on workforce and staffing issues.

“We thought it was high time to shine a light on the best in an area that faces significant challenges”

Steve Ford

Our judges said the work done to support equality and diversity described in the winner’s presentation were to be genuinely commended.

They were also impressed by the real commitment to support staff across the organisation, and that the initiative had breadth and covered the award criteria.

The Royal Marsden was among the winners across 11 award categories recognising organisations going above and beyond to recruit and retain their nursing workforce.

In addition, South London Mental Health and Community Partnership won the award for Best workplace for learning and development with over 1,500 nursing staff, and James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for up to 1,500 nursing staff.

Preceptorship of the year went to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and the award for Best recruitment experience went to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Meanwhile, Best wellbeing and staff engagement initiative was won by Spectrum Community Health CIC, with a highly commended going to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Speaking about the awards, Steve Ford, editor of Nursing Times, said: “With this new event, we wanted to showcase how the health sector is supporting and developing arguably its most precious resource, its workforce.

“Our inaugural Workforce Awards celebrated innovation and excellence across the broad spectrum of practice affecting nursing and healthcare staff,” he said.

“Essentially, we thought it was high time to shine a light on the best in an area that faces significant challenges at the moment due to shortages and other pressures,” said Mr Ford.

He added: “I was particularly struck by the strength of the entries on recruitment experience, preceptorship, and wellbeing and staff engagement, which gives me hope that we are on the right track to keeping hold of our vital nursing staff.”

The awards followed the first ever Nursing Times Workforce Summit, which was held earlier in the day.

It brought together 500 senior nurses from across healthcare to discuss and debate the biggest issue facing the sector, the workforce, and to celebrate and reward organisations taking great steps to recruit and retain their nursing staff.

The summit highlighted important discussions and showcased innovations in workforce planning and management, to aid future conversations towards sustaining a workforce fit for the future.

Full list of winners at the 2018 Nursing Times Workforce Awards

  • Best UK employer of the year – The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Best diversity and inclusion practice – Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust
  • Best employer for staff recognition – The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Best place to work for employee satisfaction – Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Best recruitment experience – The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Best use of technology to improve the working environment – NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Best wellbeing and staff engagement initiative – Winner: Spectrum Community Health CIC (Highly commended: The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust)
  • Best workplace for learning and development: Over 1,500 nursing staff – South London Mental Health and Community Partnership (Highly commended: The Ipswich Hospital Trust, Apprenticeship implementation)
  • Best workplace for learning and development: Up to 1,500 nursing staff – James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Preceptorship of the year – Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Workforce team of the year – Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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