Emma Selby, a Mental Health Nurse at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, won the Rising Star Award on 29 October at the 2014 Nursing Times Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The Rising Star Award – co-sponsored by NHS Professionals, NHS England and The Florence Nightingale Foundation – was awarded to Emma, a Child and Adolescent Mental and Health Services (CAMHS) nurse, who specialises in working with young people and adolescents who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Emma was nominated for the award by her patients for her creative and compassionate manner when working with young people suffering from mental health problems. Emma has shown herself to be an innovative young nurse, implementing many changes in CAMHS. Recently, she arranged free sexual health training for her colleagues before overseeing the successful implementation of a chlamydia testing and condom distribution service in her area, ensuring that the holistic needs of her patients were met.
Emma said: “I am thrilled to be the winner of the Rising Star Award; I was shocked when my patients nominated me and to win was a great bonus. It is lovely to be recognised, it shows that they really do appreciate the hard work I put in. I feel it is really important to help young people suffering from mental health problems to live the life they want, so hopefully this recognition will encourage others to help me do this.”
Anne O’Brien, Director of Clinical Governance and Operations at NHS Professionals, said:
“It was an honour to be a part of the judging panel and to see so many excellent award entries. The Rising Star category is about looking for people whose skills and ideas inspire others to follow their example. For us, Emma was an excellent example of this. It is great to see such a young nurse taking action and dedicating herself to help other young people with mental health problems.”
The Rising Star Award aims to recognise a nurse who has been qualified for less than five years and demonstrates exceptional qualities that embody the best of nursing, as well as the leadership skills to inspire others to follow their example. Candidates needed to demonstrate that they had put one or more of the 6Cs, below, into practice through an initiative to improve patient care: