Jamie Goldswain has been named as the overall Nightingale Award winner for 2014.
Jamie, who is a healthcare assistant on ward two at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, also landed the award for healthcare assistant of the year, to make it a double celebration for the 27 year old from Normanby.
Jamie is not only the first male to pick up the coveted award but he is also the first non-registered nurse to collect the prize in the ten years the awards scheme has been running.
One of the two nominations received for Jamie said of him, “He is the ultimate professional at all times and his softly spoken demeanour puts patients, and their relatives or carers at complete ease which in turn facilitates a speedier recovery. Jamie has always excelled when interacting with patients who require enhanced support and levels of observation. Whether the patient is acutely confused, has dementia, experiences delirium or exhibits signs of depression, Jamie adapts to their individual needs to support them.”
On picking up the award, a shell-shocked Jamie said: “To be nominated was fantastic, but to actually win the Nightingale was the cherry on the cake for me. When I heard my name called out I was in total shock. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. Then for my name to be called out the second time I had to take a minute to take it all in. It’s fantastic to know that an unqualified member of staff has won it this year and I feel that all the time and effort I put into my job has been appreciated.”
Each year, the nurse and midwife consultants at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust ask for nominations from staff and patients highlighting nursing and midwifery staff who have gone above and beyond their duty to deliver exceptional patient care.
The awards, of which there are 16 and the overall winner, follows on from the 300-strong Nightingale conference, which this year was honoured to have as its keynote speaker, Professor Elizabeth Robb, chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
The award winners were:
- Student of the year: Jennifer Gilbey
- Healthcare assistant of the year: Jamie Goldswain
- Staff nurse/midwife of the year: Haley Hutchinson
- Sister/charge nurse of the year: Jill Best
- Senior nurse/midwife of the year: Deborah Slimings
- Team of the year: Victoria ward, Friary Hospital, Richmond
- Midwifery award: Sue Wheeldon
- Military award: WO2 Zoe Clarke
- The McCormack patients award: Ward 28
- Friends of the Friarage award: Sarah Batty
- Community award: Tocketts ward, East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital
- Paediatric award: Cheryl Honeyman
- Mentors award: Katie Milburn
- Practice placement award: Neonatal unit
- Matron award: Sallie Southall
- Poster winner: Jenny Brown
- Nightingale award winner for 2014: Jamie Goldswain
At the end of the awards ceremony Professor Tricia Hart, chief executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said “It makes me so proud to see and hear all our winners making that extra effort to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care from such dedicated and professional members of staff. What pleases me also is that I know that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the care we offer in this trust.”