Staff on ward 14 at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough have been named as true nightingales.
Nurses and healthcare assistants on the ward, which specialises in caring for cancer patients, were named Nightingale Award winners 2013 at a prestigious ceremony hosted by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The ward staff were nominated for excellence in care and empathy after receiving excellent feedback from patients.
Senior nurse Audrey Kirby said: “Each and every patient said they were happy with their care, and many of them expressed real gratitude and admiration for the nurses and ward team.”
Comments received from patients included “I felt like a prince they looked after me and my family so well” and “I wish all the wards were like this”.
The Nightingale Awards, now in their ninth year, recognise the important contribution nursing and midwifery makes to patients and their families on a day-to-day basis.
This year the theme was “caring with compassion and dignity” and the trust received 123 nominations from staff and patients – a record number.
Nurse consultant and awards panel judge Lynne Paterson, said: “The thing that made ward 14 stand out as being different from the other nominations was they demonstrated one of the key elements of the Francis Report which has been so topical this year; that of changing culture. This ward has gone on a journey which has developed them into a centre of excellence.”
Ward manager Bev Rogers was delighted to collect the award with representatives from her team at the annual Nightingale Awards Ceremony at Middlesbrough Teaching and Learning Centre on Friday 10 May.
She said: “I’m absolutely speechless – and that does not happen very often!
“Our staff have worked really hard to ensure we deliver the very best standard of care. This award is for all our patients – it is a privilege and an honour to work with such fantastic people.”
Full list of winners:
- Student nurse/student midwife, cadet nurse or student operating department practitioner – Helen Smith
- Healthcare assistant/assistant practitioner – Linda Cruickshank, HCA, intensive care unit, Friarage
- Staff nurse/staff midwife and operating department practitioner – Lisa Payne, staff midwife, maternity, Friarage
- Sister/charge nurse – Jackie Miller, sister, ward 5, James Cook
- Specialist nurse/midwife – Sue Walker, advanced neonatal nurse practitioner, neonatal intensive care unit, James Cook
- Senior nurse/midwife – Sharon Poskitt, senior nurse, neurosciences
- Teams – Jointly won by wards 14 and 19, James Cook
- Friends of the Friarage award – special care baby unit, Friarage
- Matrons’ award – staff nurse Sue Warren, breast care outreach nurse
- Military award – Corporal Kay Edwards, healthcare assistant, intensive care unit, MDHU
- The paediatric award – Sue Chamberlain and Tracey Farley, children’s practice development team, children’s services, James Cook and Friarage
- The midwifery award – Anna Reeve and Jayne Leonard, staff midwives, central delivery suite, James Cook
- The McCormack patients award – jointly won by staff nurses Joe Dorgan, Annette Daniels and Rebecca Newton, coronary care unit, James Cook
- Community services award – Dorothy Fellows, district nursing sister, Middlesbrough, Community
- Mentor’s award: practice mentor – Christine Brewis, district nurse
- Mentor’s award: practice placement – paediatric community specialist nurses, POPD, James Cook
- Poster winner – Alison Butchert, community nurse