Royal Surrey’s chemotherapy nurses champion the 6Cs

Nicky Waghorn, pictured with Chief Executive Paula Head, was named 6C Nurse of the Year

A group of dedicated nurses who provide chemotherapy to more than 100 patients each day, have been named Royal Surrey’s nursing team of the year.

Nursing staff from the Chilworth Day Unit received the accolade at the Trust’s annual nursing and midwifery conference.

They were recognised for their ‘commitment’ and for providing a ‘safe, positive and happy place to visit’ for the 110 patients they treat per day.

The awards recognise the nurse, midwife, health care assistant and team, who are a true ambassador of the 6Cs.

The 6Cs – commitment, courage, care, compassion, communications and competency – were drawn up by NHS England Chief Nursing Officer Jane Cummings.

Paediatric senior sister Nicky Waghorn was named this year’s 6C Nurse after being praised for her excellent communication and problem solving skills, which regularly sees her go ‘above and beyond her job role.’

Ruth Breen, specialist midwife for teenage mothers and babies, has been named the 6Cs registered midwife of the year for her ‘high levels of competency’ and providing a ‘non-judgmental’ service.

Ruth Breen, pictured with Director of Nursing Louise Stead and Chief Executive Paula Head, was named 6Cs midwife of the year.

Her role sees her working with expectant mothers, some as young as 12 years of age, who are often extremely scared and frightened.

Zoe Hutton, who works the Day Surgery Unit, was named Healthcare Assistant of the year.

She initially joined the unit as a housekeeper, before her keen interest in patient care was spotted and she was supported to become a healthcare assistant. Zoe has now successfully completed her foundation degree and is now employed as an Associate Practitioner.

She was described as a ‘great asset to the team’ for her ‘enthusiasm, commitment and passion.’

Zoe Hutton was named healthcare assistant of the year

During the conference, which celebrate nursing and midwifery excellence, certificates were also presented to newly qualified staff nurse for completing their year-long Preceptorship Program and healthcare assistants who have achieved their Care Certificate.

Awards were also presented to candidates from the Pre-Employment Academy, who have completed their Level 1 Introduction to Health and Social Care, prior to joining the Trust as Healthcare Assistants.

Louise Stead, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, said: “The Chief Nursing Officer’s 6Cs are embedded in the values and behaviours we expect our teams to deliver 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

“Our annual conference provides us with the opportunity to celebrate those members of nursing and midwifery staff who are shining examples of the national program.

“Congratulations to all the winners.”

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