Nurses recognised for their outstanding care and commitment

Doncaster nurses and health care assistants working across primary care were today recognised for their care, contribution and commitment to primary care nursing.

From a range of different nursing specialities, more than 10 nurses and health care assistants received awards in the following categories:

  • Mentor and Preceptor
  • Innovation
  • Integrated Working
  • Driving Person Centred Care
  • Rising Star

Nominations were made from GPs, health and social care staff and patients across Doncaster to showcase and celebrate the work of all nurses working in primary care and beyond.

The mentor and preceptor award winner was Lisa Scott, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner from The Scott Practice. This award was presented to Lisa for the inspirational support she has given to individuals who are new or newly qualified to practice nursing and/or to student nurses on placement in primary care. Lisa was nominated by her colleagues for her helpful, hardworking and approachable manner, going above and beyond to help anyone and providing a supportive environment to the nursing team.

The innovation award went to the South West proactive care nursing team*. This award recognises creativity and enthusiasm for new ways of working. The South West team have innovatively delivered proactive care to patients, enabling them to look after themselves and understand their own health needs better. They have done this by working across traditional practice boundaries to deliver seamless care, reducing duplication and working closely with other providers.

Integrated working is something which primary care services in Doncaster are working hard to achieve.  Irene Halliday, a Nurse Practitioner from the Mount Group practice won the integrated working category for her gold standard approach to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma. Irene produces an individual management plan for every patient with a respiratory condition discharged from hospital. She is also the practice lead for learning disabilities and dementia and manages the register for both tailoring patients’ needs and involving families and carers in the production of comprehensive physical and mental health plans. Irene is described by her peers and patients as an extremely well respected individual and a real team player.

The driving person-centred care award received the most nominations. The winner of this award received five separate nominations, two of which were from patients. Ellie Pearson from Dunsville Medical Practice is described as a whirlwind, fun and a breath of fresh air, young and enthusiastic. A patient from one nomination describes her as a pleasure to visit; she makes patients feel at ease, is very gentle and takes their minds off procedures by talking to them. Ellie is a Health Care Assistant at the practice and has blossomed into the role. She has also recently started her journey as a nursing associate.

The final award of the day recognised a rising star. This award recognises the inspiring contribution a new nurse to primary care and who has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving patient outcomes, championing the role and significant contributions of nurses in general practice. Laura O’Neil, a general practice nurse from Scawsby Health Centre received 18 separate nominations from practice staff of all levels, nursing colleagues, GP partners and patients. Although an experienced nurse she was new to practice nursing last year.

The practice manager describes Laura as “Kind, caring, conscientious and hardworking; she takes everything in her stride and has a lovely manner with both patients and colleagues. Laura is continuing with her studies to increase her skills. She has become an integral part of the team in a short period of time and shows a positive attitude to work. Her colleagues indicate that she is a born nurse with an aura of calm and confidence which puts patients at ease and makes them feel safe. Laura is one of those special nurses and I am so glad we found her and that she chose to work with us.”

Dr David Crichton, Chair of Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It was a real honour to present a number of awards at today’s important event to recognise the skill and determination of some of our fantastic nurses in Doncaster.

“As a GP, I can’t stress how important nurses are working across primary care and beyond and I would personally like to congratulate every nurse, health care assistant and midwife working across many different specialisms and settings in Doncaster.

“Today’s event is a reminder of the valuable contribution of nurses and all other staff working across primary care, one of the reasons why we have all practices rated as good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.”

Andrew Russell, Chief Nurse, Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “As Chief Nurse, I am delighted to see the breadth of knowledge and expertise our nurses in Doncaster continue to display, constantly determined to improve outcomes for patients.

“Not only do they continually strive to improve their skills and knowledge, their commitment and compassion for patients in their care is outstanding. Whether nurses and health care assistants in the room today have won an award or not, you are all winners and I am proud of you all.”

A range of initiatives are in place to encourage more people into nursing and midwifery in Doncaster. One of these is a collective of nurses and midwives that are actively seeking to challenge negative perceptions of the professions and place a spotlight on some of the reasons why people choose to become nurses and midwives as a long term rewarding career.

One of Doncaster’s nursing ambassadors, Zara Head, a Queen Nurse from Doncaster CCG could not attend the event today due to an injury but sent a heartfelt message to all today’s winners:

“We have always known that Doncaster has exceptional nurses in primary care and the number and quality of the nominations we received certainly reflects this.

“I read each nomination with such pride; you make me proud to be part of a profession that makes such a difference to our local communities.

“I believe that the future for our profession is a bright one. With exciting changes ahead and with the calibre of nurses that I have read about in these wonderful nominations, the population of Doncaster is in great hands.”

Today’s five winners will be put forward for the NHS England North Region awards that will be held on Thursday 21 March 2019 in Leeds.