This year NHS Professionals is co-sponsoring the Nursing Times’ Rising Star Award, along with The Florence Nightingale Foundation and 6Cs Live!
The judges have narrowed down the award entries to six nurses; take a look at their profiles to find out why they were nominated:
Jayne Parker – Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals
Jayne Parker was nominated by Elaine Inglesby, Director of Nursing at Salford Royal, for having given a voice to students and newly qualified nurses in settings from local to national debates. Exemplifying the 6Cs, Jayne completed her university course with an Award for Excellence, while simultaneously adding her voice to university, Trust, RCN and the Prime Minister’s Nursing and Care Quality forum. She has endeavoured to ensure a representative and educated opinion, whether speaking to students or the chief nursing officer. Since qualifying, Jayne has continued this work in her own time, engaging with nurses at the sharp end, giving them a powerful voice.
Lynsey Brown – Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Lynsey Brown is a registered nurse for learning disability. Working as a staff nurse, Lynsey supports individuals who have offended or are at risk of offending. Lynsey works with vulnerable adults who are often stigmatised and socially isolated. She is passionate when celebrating a person’s strengths and compassionate when recognising and understanding their needs. She is prepared to challenge inequalities, question practice when necessary and is committed to delivering a service that maintains dignity and respect. Lynsey is vibrant, funny and warm; together, her personal and professional attributes make her a rising star.
Emily Winter – Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice
Emily currently provides palliative and end of life care to children with life limiting conditions and their families. She responds positively, offering a pro-active approach to the care she delivers. She took responsibility for her own development by recognising, through reflection that her skills were limited, due to being a newly qualified nurse. She left the service for eight months to embark on a new challenge, working at a longer established NHS service. This allowed her to expand and nurture her clinical skills to return with passion and confidence. She is dedicated to fulfilling the hospice charter, ‘Exceptional care’, ‘Remarkable people’ and ‘Inspirational ways’, and strives to do this every day.
Sam Abdulla – NHS Lothian
Sam qualified in 2012 and has since been active in social media based networking and community development opportunities as a founding member of LDnursechat. Sam set up the Strengthening the Commitment Pledge Page, which asks learning disability nurses to pledge what they will do as part of taking forward the learning disability nursing UK wide strategy. This work has helped drive the strategy forward and develop a sense of ownership with nurses at all stages of their career.
Sam has also been involved in the development of practitioner-led clinical skills teaching, in association with Edinburgh Napier University academic staff, and sits on local implementation groups for national strategy drivers for learning disability nursing services.
Kerry Taylor – Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Kerry Taylor is a dedicated, compassionate and caring junior staff nurse who, in the last two years, has developed a Unit Practice Council using shared governance principles. This is enhancing the care of patients on an acute medical admissions ward. As the UPC‘s first Chairperson, Kerry has led, engaged and inspired colleagues, peers and senior trust staff to influence patient focused care. By bringing decision making to the front line, this project has enabled staff to implement the 6Cs, directly inform and shape local policy and ‘speak out safely’. Kerry is passionate about giving staff a voice and ensuring best patient experience.
Jenny Hudek – St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust
Jenny has worked in intensive care and on a surgical ward. Her commitment to making harm-free care hassle-free is why she’s a rising star. Using her insight, Jenny, 28, works with others to transform national and local initiatives into easy-to-use apps and documents. She then uses this technology and vital face-to-face communication to enthuse colleagues about improving patient care. Driven by her compassion and can-do approach, Jenny moves quickly. Not content with having more than 40 wards and many community services happily on board with Harm Free Care, she’s planning to replicate this success with the trust’s community therapy services.
We’re looking forward to finding out the Rising Star winner on 30th October at Grosvenor House Hotel. Good luck to all of the finalists, we’re proud to recognise the rising stars of the future.