Northern Trust celebrate significant award success

The Northern Trust is celebrating after scooping a number of high profile awards this week. The Trust and its staff were recognised for their work by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Caspe Healthcare Knowledge Systems (CHKS).

Dr Anthony Stevens, Chief Executive of the Northern Trust, commented: “These awards signify the dedication of our staff in driving improvement and engendering a culture of excellence. We are committed to delivering excellent services for the patients and service users of the Northern Trust and I have no doubt seeing this list of achievements that we have the quality and expertise in our team to deliver this.”

On Monday (9) a number of nurses attended the Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards in London. Audrey Harris, Community Lead Nurse, was subsequently awarded the Queen Mothers Award for Outstanding Service as Inspirational Leader for Community Nursing. This is awarded to nurses who provide exceptional care to their patients and demonstrate a continuing passion and enthusiasm which advances community nursing.

Additionally, four nurses, Paula Ford-Hutchinson, Hilary Clarke, Marysia Graffin and Eleanor Shivers were awarded the Burdett Trust Fund for Innovation and Leadership in regard to work for stroke, cardiac and district nursing patients.

On Tuesday (10) the Trust was recognised at the CHKS Awards in London with a top 40 Hospitals Award. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK and are given to acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement. The Trust also won the CHKS Patient Safety Award which recognises outstanding performance in providing a safe hospital environment for patients based on a range of indicators, including rates of hospital-acquired infections and mortality.

On Thursday (12) the Trust had three winners and three runners up, including runner up in the prestigious Nurse of the Year Award at the RCN Awards in Hillsborough. Pat McClelland, General Manager for Cancer Services won the Brownlee-Silverdale Leadership Award which recognises those who, through good leadership, have improved services for patients or clients. Kirsty McKay, won the Cancer Nurse Award for her work with prostate cancer patients and Lillian McClelland won the Learning in Practice Award for her work in the endoscopy unit.

Marysia Graffin, District Nurse, and Sarah Arthur, Community Nurse, were runner up in the RCN Nurse of the Year Award. This was an incredible achievement and recognised their vision and creativity by designing and implementing a sterile dressing pack in district nursing. Staff and patient’s evaluations state it has revolutionised care delivery and shows a true ethos of patient centred care.

Lorraine Crymble and Jean Gilmour, Infection Control Nurses were runners up in the Learning in Practice Award while David Olphert, Bereaved by Suicide Liaison Officer, was the runner up in the Public Health Award.

Olive MacLeod, Executive Director of Nursing and User Experience, commended the staff for their efforts; “I, along with the rest of the senior management team, am very proud of the staff that have been recognised and would like to congratulate them, and the others who have been awarded this year, on their success. We also have a number of staff shortlisted for awards in the future so I would like to take the opportunity to wish them good luck in their endeavours. These are people who are passionate about the job they do and the care they provide and it is gratifying for us all to see that recognised.”

14th May 2016

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