Catherine Ray, a senior sister at Solihull Hospital, has been picked as the first ever winner of NHS England’s 6Cs Live! story of the month competition.
Catherine’s story was chosen from nearly 40 other entries by the judging panel, which includes representatives from NHS England, Nursing Times, a 6Cs Live! patient champion and the RCNs Nurse of the Year.
It was chosen because Catherine’s work showed exceptional nursing practice and embodied the 6Cs, showing care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment towards her patient and his family.
Catherine described how a patient with terminal lung cancer was made to feel as comfortable as possible and ensured his family was around him, with her going as far as to arrange for the man’s pregnant daughter to have a 4D scan so he could see images of his unborn grandson.
Catherine said: “The atmosphere on the ward was indescribable and the patient was so excited to meet his grandson, his spirits lifted and the staff were so happy to be a part of it.
The patient went home soon after and died peacefully with his family around him.
Catherine continued: “The family have been back on the ward a few times to visit and the last time they brought the new addition to the family, the healthy baby boy that we saw on that scan.”
Sam Sherrington, Head of Nursing and Midwifery Strategy at NHS England, said:
“Catherine went above and beyond to make her patient’s last few weeks as comfortable as possible, arranging a side room with an additional bed for his family to stay with him, arranging for him to go home the same day he decided – and the 4D scan showed such compassion.
“It’s these individual stories that we want to hear about. There’s so much great nursing care going on right across the country and this is our chance to really shout about it.”
Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Good nursing requires many skills and attributes which have a positive impact on the patient experience and these are illustrated wonderfully in this short story.
“Examples of where nurses have gone the extra mile to provide care and compassion like this should be celebrated. I am proud of Catherine’s achievement as winner of the first story of the month competition.”
NHS England, in partnership with Nursing Times, is running the story of the month competition to find good examples of 6Cs practice and the winning story will be featured on the Nursing Times website and the 6Cs Live! Communications Hub.