Huge congratulations to all of this year’s Nursing Times Awards winners.
The standard of teams, individuals and projects that we have seen make it through to our finals this year is superb - and this is especially noteworthy considering some of the tough financial constraints being placed on many of our entrants right now. Despite the many changes and difficulties facing those in the field, nurses continue to find creative and innovative ways to care for their patients and, having received over 600 entries to the awards this year, we know that this commitment stretches right across the profession.
Those who made it into the final shortlists are operating at the highest standards of excellence, providing superb care, maintaining quality and producing outstanding results for their patients.
Our incredibly hard working judges whittled down the hundreds of online entries to agree their shortlists, and each of the finalists visited our offices to present more details about their work to them, Dragons’ Den style. Thanks to the high standard of work submitted by many entrants, the judges found their job extremely difficult - and, in selecting these outstanding finalists, they were forced to leave out many excellent entries.
So high were the standards being set - and often with the smallest of budgets - that in some cases they found it almost impossible to choose an outright winner. After much debate, however, they managed to do so for all categories. So, I extend my thanks to all the judges for giving up their time and investing such energy and enthusiasm into making this process so scrupulously fair.
I’d also like to thank our extremely generous sponsors, whose commitment enables us to celebrate the nursing profession in such style in London’s Hilton Park Lane. A final thank you goes out to the awards team and my editorial team for their hard work in making the awards happen.
Many congratulations again to all of our 15 winners. I hope this recognition of your achievements rewards all your hard work, and that this supplement will inspire others to enter the Nursing Times Awards in 2011. In difficult financial times like these it has never been more important for nurses to share their work and enable the health service and their patients to benefit from their creativity and dedication.
Well done on behalf of all of the Nursing Times team.
Jenni Middleton, Editor, Nursing Times