Nursing teams at Royal Surrey County Hospital have been recognised for their innovation and excellent care after being shortlisted for five top awards.

Nursing staff from across the Trust have been named finalists in the following categories at the prestigious Nursing Times Awards 2017: team of the year, surgical nursing, technology and data in nursing, emergency and critical care and children and adolescent services.

The awards, which are in their 27th year, recognise innovation and excellent nursing care through a total of 22 catergories.

The Trust’s Alcohol Liaison Service has been named as a finalist for Team of the Year.

The team were nominated by their colleagues, who praised them for ‘regularly going above and beyond for their patients’ and their in-depth ‘knowledge and understanding.’

Royal Surrey’s two Emergency Surgical Specialist Nurses, Victoria Hemmings and Fiona Rust, have been shortlisted in both the surgical nursing and emergency and critical care categories.

They ensure all emergency surgical patients receive an early diagnosis and clearly defined treatment plans.

Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Jo Macleod, and the bobble hat care bundle have been shortlisted in the children and adolescent services category.

The initiative sees each newborn given a colour coded woolly hate to wear straight after birth, which has been found to reduce the number of babies needing to be admitted to special care.

Finally, Simon Pawlin has been named a finalist for his safe staffing process redesign project in the technology and data in nursing.

Simon created an intuitive tool that allows staff to update and record nursing levels across the Trust.

The finalists will now have to complete a presentation in front of a panel of industry experts before they will find out if they have been successful at a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House, London, in November.

Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Louise Stead, said: “I am delighted that four innovative nursing projects have been shortlisted by the judges of the Nursing Times Awards in recognition of improvements that they have made to patient safety and quality of care.

“I am especially proud of our Alcohol Liaison Service, who are very worthy finalists for the prestigious honour of team of the year.

“All of the teams shortlisted are a credit to this hospital and I wish them all the very best of luck.”

Nursing success at Royal Surrey has already been recognised on the national stage this year:

  • Tanya Ashton was named runner-up for Midwife of the Year at the British Journal of Midwifery Awards;
  • Anne Hope was named one of seven finalists for the Cancer Nursing Award at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2017;
  • The Trust was shortlisted for Student Placement of the Year at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2017.

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