International Nurses' Day Awards

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Nursing staff were honoured at our annual awards ceremony as part of International Nurses’ Day celebrations.

Over 140 nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants (HCAs) and assistant practitioners were nominated by their colleagues for our Director of Nursing awards, which were held on Friday (May 11) ahead of the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

The awards were held in the atrium of the Brunel Building, with over 100 people coming together to support and congratulate their colleagues and friends.


Crowd gathered in the Brunel Building for the awards

In total there were 11 awards given out over ten categories, with a joint winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award. There were also 16 certificates awarded for ‘highly commended’ runners up.

Registered Nurse/Midwife: Jacqui Lewis

The first winner of the afternoon was Jacqui Lewis, a Midwife working in the Central Delivery Suite at Southmead Hospital. Jacqui was nominated for the incredible contribution she has made to the service for women and families who have been bereaved, making changes and improvements where she saw a need for them.

Healthcare Assistant/Assistant Practitioner (Nursing or Midwifery): Sophie Thacker

Sophie Thacker, a trainee assistant practitioner on Gate 34A, won the award for Healthcare Assistant/Assistant Practitioner. Sophie has taken it upon herself to arrange and provide 1:1 training and education for HCAs on the ward, ensuring that they understand the basics of pressure injury prevention and intentional rounding.


Sue Jones (right), Director of Nursing, and Carole Tookey, Deputy Director of Nursing, presented the awards

Specialist/Advanced Practitioner: Helen Hodgson

The award for Specialist/Advanced Practitioner went to Helen Hodgson. Helen has been a specialist epilepsy nurse for many years, accumulating a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience the field. She has used this experience to train up a number of other epilepsy nurses in the South West, as well as organising patient support groups and charitable events. Her empathy, sensitivity and caring attitude have earned her the nickname “Saint Helen” among her patients.

On receiving her award Helen said: “I was really honoured that my colleagues wanted to nominate me.”

Nursing or Midwifery Team of the Year: Gate 19 Interventional Radiology

Team of the Year went to the Gate 19 Interventional Radiology Nursing Team. They were nominated for their resilience and ability to juggle their elective work with caring for inpatients when circumstances required. They do this with compassion and care and make sure that patients are always given the dignity they deserve.

Senior Staff Nurse, Lynne Blackwell, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted and overwhelmed with the shock of it.

“It shows that the doctors here appreciate us and wanted to nominate us.” 


Gate 19 Interventional Radiology Nursing Team win team of the year award

Inspirational Leader: Emerline Albano

Emerline Albano, ward sister on 28B (complex care ward) won the award for Inspirational Leader. Despite the pressures faced on the ward in recent months, Emerline has led her team with exemplary skill, setting an incredible example for everyone on the team. She has put the safety of her staff, as well as her patients, front and foremost to ensure that nobody is left struggling without support.

Quality Improvement/Patient Experience Champion: Callum Allen-Ridge

Callum has worked proactively as a dementia champion, influencing the improvement in patient and carer experience, as well as supporting other team members and wards to do the same. He also devised the ‘droplet campaign’ aimed at improving hydration and awareness for patients with dementia/cognitive impairment.

On receiving the award, Callum said: “Just being nominated for this award is quiet something. I always like going above and beyond and doing extra projects.”

Workplace Mentor/Educator (Nursing or Midwifery): Glynis Crowe

Working closely with Oxford Brookes University and the University of the West of England, Glynis facilitates around 100 student placements each year. Glynis constantly looks to improve placements by developing learning programmes and ensures students have a positive placement experience. This has been recognised with theatres and medirooms being awarded Placement of the Year in both 2016 and 2017, enhancing the Trust’s reputation amongst undergraduates.

Student Nurse/Midwife: Jess Stevens

Jess has gone above and beyond in her final placement in Elgar 1. As well as completing her course objectives to a high standard, Jess took on active role on the ward around enablement and encouraging patients to get dressed and moving to avoid deconditioning. Jess is a great asset to the team and is already a true role model.

Rising Star: Rebecca Newman

Rebecca is currently on a secondment as a Ward Manager and has led the ward from surgical to a medical ward. During the transition she has embraced the changes and is always looking to improve processes while providing a positive patient experience. During a challenging time for the ward, Rebecca has really stepped up and conducts.

Rebecca said: “To win means a lot and it was totally unexpected, it makes me feel appreciated by the team and the wider Trust.

“Being nominated by the people you work with makes this even more special.”

Lifetime Achievement – Chrissie Hockley and Kate White

Chrissie has been a nurse in the Trust’s emergency department (ED) for over 20 years, starting at the Trust as an F grade sister in 1992. As well as being passionate and committed to her role Chrissie has also helped others develop their careers, many of who are now senior leaders.

More recently she became major incident lead and ED education lead, with both areas recently being rated as Outstanding by the CQC. Her calm, inclusive and kind nature, coupled with her high standards make, her an exceptional clinical leader.

Of her award, Chrissie said: “It means so much because your colleagues nominated you and that is lovely.”

Kate has also worked in ED for over 20 years, 15 of which have been as an ED Sister. She was nominated for her years of leadership in the department. Kate has set up a voluntary bereavement service for the relative and loved ones of people who have died in the department.


Kate White (left) and Chrissie Hockley (right) with Andrea Young (chief executive) and Sue Jones

“It’s an honour to be nominated, let alone win the award,” Kate said.

“I feel very privileged to care for patients and to have done so for as long as I have. I have worked with a great team throughout my time here.”

Full list of winners and runners-up

Registered  Nurse/Midwife – Jacqui Lewis (winner), Debbie Flossman and Christeena Matthew (highly commended)

Healthcare Assistant/Assistant Practitioner Nursing/Midwifery – Sophie Thacker (winner), Monica Pestana (highly commended)

Specialist/Advanced Practitioner – Helen Hodgson (winner), Katharine Abbott (highly commended)

Nursing/Midwifery Team of the Year – Gate 19 Interventional Radiology (winner), Elgar 1 (highly commended)

Inspirational Leader – Emerline Albano (winner), Nic Fudge (highly commended) and Lisa Thomas (highly commended)

Quality Improvement/Patient Experience Champion – Callum Allen-Ridge (winner), Peter Hawkins (highly commended) and Bev Davies (highly commended)

Nursing/Midwifery Workplace Mentor/Educator – Glynis Crowe (winner), Katy Crabtree and the ED Education Team (highly commended)

Student Nurse/Midwife – Jess Stevens (winner), Rachel Thomas (highly commended)

Rising Star – Rebecca Newman (winner), Laura Smith (highly commended)

Lifetime Achievement – Chrissie Hockley and Kate White (joint winners), Laura Allan, Linda Hicken, Heather Wilcox, Julie Wise (highly commended).