A specialist in both cancer and dementia care was last night revealed as this year’s Nursing Times Nurse of the Year in front of hundreds of other members of the profession.
Last night around 1,100 nurses attended the 2014 Nursing Times Awards to celebrate the achievements of the profession over the past 12 months.
Lorraine Burgess, who has worked in the NHS for 40 years, is a dual qualified nurse who became the first dementia nurse specialist to be employed in an acute hospital setting.
Currently working as a Macmillan dementia nurse consultant at the Christie Oncology Hospital, a joint funded role between Macmillan and The Christie Foundation Trust, she develops services for those with cancer and dementia while supporting them through treatment.
“The projects in this year’s awards are innovative, smart and compassionate”
She also provides education and training to equip staff with the knowledge and skills to care for patients in this field of nursing.
Ms Burgess, who received a standing ovation at the awards ceremony, also appeared on ITV’s Lorraine breakfast show this morning where she was interviewed by Kate Garraway.
A total of 20 awards were given out at the event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
As well as the awards ceremony itself, the event featured speeches by former Mid Staffs nurse whistleblower Helene Donnelly and chief nursing officer for Wales Jean White and outgoing president of the Royal College of Nursing Andrea Spryropolous.
Professor Donna Mead, currently at the University of South Wales, won this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award because of her long history of championing the profession and making changes that have shaped nursing and the care provided to patients.
After initially working as a paediatric nurse, she became a nurse educator and subsequently a nurse researcher.
She is currently an officer of the Venerable Order of St John, trustee and chair of St John Cymru Wales Clinical Governance Committee, a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and professor of nursing at the University of South Wales.
She received an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to healthcare.
Meanwhile, the acute medical unit and ambulatory care team at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust was named Team of the Year.
The team has designed and built a new unit in record time. The 41-bedded AMU and dedicated ambulatory care unit opened early December 2013 and, by the end of the month, the trust had gone from one of the worst in the country for meeting A&E targets to being in the top three.
Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton said: “The projects in this year’s awards are innovative, smart and compassionate. They prove that it takes brains to be a good nurse – but it also takes passion and a desire to want to bring about real sustainable change.”
A full list of winners can be found below, while more details on their projects and those of the other finalists can be found in our special awards brochure.
2014 Nursing Times Awards Winners:
- Cancer Nursing – Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Care of Older People – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Rising Star – Emma Selby, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
- Award for Integrated Approaches to Care – Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
- Child and Adolescent Services – Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Continence Promotion and Care – Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
- Clinical Research Nursing – Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Nurse Leader of the Year – Clare Edwards, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
- Enhancing Patient Dignity – Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Infection Prevention and Control – Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
- Excellence in Supporting Staff Health & Wellbeing – Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Emergency and Critical Care – Partnerships in Care
- Nursing in Mental Health – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Nursing in the Community – Sirona Care & Health
- Patient Safety Improvement – Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Respiratory Nursing – Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Learning Disabilities Nursing – Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Nurse of the Year – Lorraine Burgess, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
- Team of the Year – George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- CNOs’ Lifetime Achievement Award – Professor Donna Mead OBE