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Nursing's 'rising stars' recognised at inaugural ceremony


The profession’s stars of the future gathered at an event in London last night to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to nursing at the outset of their careers.

A total of 25 student and newly-qualified nurses were celebrated at Nursing Times’ inaugural Rising Stars event, which was held at the Soho Hotel in London.

The final shortlist was decided upon by a 10-strong panel of judges including chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings and Public Health England chief nurse Viv Bennett.

Winners were selected from across all four branches of nursing – adult, paediatrics, mental health and learning disability – and were judged on the impact they have had on the profession, how far they have challenged convention, their commitment to career progression and their leadership skills.

“These newly-qualified or student nurse success stories have achieved so much in their relatively short careers so far”

Jenni Middleton

They received their awards following a presentation by healthcare advocate Brian Boyle, who paid tribute to the nursing profession after he survived a near-fatal car crash in the US when he was a teenager.

Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton said: “The inaugural Nursing Times lecture with healthcare advocate Brian Boyle was amazing. He was an inspirational start to an evening that paid tribute to our 25 emerging talents in our Nursing Times Rising Stars Awards.”

“These newly qualified or student nurse success stories have achieved so much in their relatively short careers so far,” she said.

“The judges – who included chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings, chief nurse at Public Health England Viv Bennett, chief nurse at Imperial Hospital Janice Sigsworth and head of nursing at Unison Gail Adams – were impressed by just how much these nurses had done,” she said.

She added: “It was a fantastic evening, and a real celebration of nursing, and the impact and influence it can have on patient care, experience and outcomes.”

Read our free supplement to find out more about the up-and-coming nurses we have chosen to celebrate – Meet our 25 Rising Stars of 2015 – and see below for a full list of the 25:


The 25 Nursing Times Rising Stars winners

Rising Stars


Ayodele Ayedun

Deputy manager, male acute mental health ward, Oxford Health Foundation Trust


Lynsey Brown

Rising Stars

Learning disability nurse, Calderstones Foundation Trust


Julie-Anne Colvin

Rising Stars

Learning disabilities children and adolescent mental health services, Northern Ireland


Maria Davison

Community nurse, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust


Aimie Doust

Rising Stars

0-5 specialist community public health nurse, health visitor, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust


Vivien Durham

Rising Stars

Learning disabilities nurse, Rainbows Children’s Hospice


Emily Gartshore

Rising Stars

Staff nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust


Laura Hailes

Rising Stars

Staff nurse, oncology ward, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust


Christopher Hardy

Rising Stars

Nurse, Churchview and Lakelands Nursing Homes, United Health


Claire Harries

Rising Stars

Student nurse, University of South Wales


Michelle Hudson

Rising Stars

Care Maker and student nurse, Teesside University


Charlotte Johnston

Student nurse, recently qualified from University of Lincoln, soon-to-be ICU nurse


Stephen Jones

Rising Stars

Mental health nurse, Oxleas Foundation Trust


Rebecca Kenny

Rising Stars

Emergency department nurse, Imperial Healthcare Trust


Orla Mathews

Rising Stars

Staff nurse, elderly acute unit, Antrim Area Hospital


Netty Mdluli

Rising Stars

Student nurse, University of Derby


Natalie Moore

Rising Stars

Staff nurse, Priory Group


Adjoa Nsiah-Jennings

Rising Stars

Community staff nurse, North East London Foundation Trust


Sam Wallace

Rising Stars

Student nurse, Bradford University


Louisa Power

Rising Stars

Student nurse, Glasgow Caledonian University


Liz Read

Rising Stars

Student nurse, University of Greenwich


Emma Selby

Rising Stars

Staff nurse, Waltham Forest child and family consultation service, North East London Foundation Trust


Jade Silver

Student nurse, University of South Wales


James Whiteside

Rising Stars

Trainee surgical emergency nurse practitioner nurse, surgical emergency unit, Oxford UniversityHospitals Trust


Nikki Yun

Rising Stars

Student nurse, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London


Readers' comments (3)

  • Well done and congratulations to all the rising stars who demonstrate that the NHS has a bright future if we continue to nuture and celebrate the great nurses we have in our organisation

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  • "fields" of nursing - not "branches"

    Well done to the students

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  • Congratulations to these bright rising stars within all their specialities!! Well done to you all.

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