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Nominations open for NHS mental health nurse awards in Wales

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NHS patients and staff in Wales are being asked to nominate their top mental health and learning disability nurse for an award.

The annual award scheme, which is now in its fourth year, aims to recognise the significant – but often overlooked – contribution of mental health and learning disability nurses to the NHS in Wales.

This year the awards are being expanded to include an award for child and adolescent mental health services.

Health minister for Wales Edwina Hart said: ‘The awards recognize the significant contribution that nurses are making to modernize our mental health and learning disability services.

‘I would encourage anyone – whether you are a colleague or a patient – to consider nominating a mental health or learning disability nurse. I have no doubt the quality of entrants will be as high as last year,’ she added.

Nominations should be made by nurse executives and/or relevant senior nurses within NHS trusts or health boards within NHS Wales. Nominations for the patient selected award, which are being dealt with by the Wales Alliance for Mental Health, should be sent to johnabbott@hafal.org. The deadline for nominations is 23 January 2009.

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