Delegates, including nurses and midwives of all grades and experience, explored new projects and achievements during the event on Wednesday, May 11.
The conference was also an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution made by our staff, through the presentation of five awards.
These prizes recognised 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.
Jo Embleton, Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “The conference is a celebration of excellence in nursing and midwifery care at the Trust.
“Here at Royal Surrey the Chief Nursing officer’s 6Cs are embedded in the values and behaviours of our teams and the annual conference provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate true ambassadors of the national programme.”
This year the judges were inundated with nominations outlining the exceptional care being provided across the Trust.
Clinical Site Manager Sue Wilson was named this year’s 6C Nurse after being praised for her ‘utmost professionalism’ and her ‘inspirational attitude.’
A significant part of Sue’s job is to manage the bed capacity and the follow of patients through the hospital.
Vicky How, who has worked on the midwifery bank for a number of years, received the Midwife award.
She was described as a ‘real role model’ and a ‘fantastic team player,’ who ‘cares about women.’
Prasun Roy, who works in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU) has been named the 6Cs Health Care Assistant.
He was described as a ‘much valued and respected’ member of the team and credited with his ‘willingness to help, support and share his extensive knowledge.’
The Team accolade was presented to the seven members of maternity’s Transitional Care Team, who care for babies who are not well enough to go home.
They were acknowledged for providing ‘outstanding care and support for midwives, parents and babies.’
Finally, the Lord Award, which is presented in memory of a former member of staff, was given to Practice Development Charge Nurse Venson Nuevas.
Venson was recognised for his ‘extraordinary commitment’ and for going ‘above and beyond in his role’ to support our overseas nurses.
Jo Embleton, added: “We also recognised 17 newly qualified staff nurses who have completed their year-long Preceptorship programme and 32 health care assistants who have achieved their Care Certificate.
“Preceptorship is a period of support to guide newly qualified nurses as they transition from students and develop their practice. The Care Certificate is a national programme implemented following the recommendations in the Francis Report to ensure non-registered nurses and midwives receive appropriate training at inductions and complete fundamental care competencies to provide safe, compassionate care.”