Meet the shortlist: 2016 Bank Nurses Award


This year NHS Professionals is sponsoring the Bank Nurse Award, which is taking place at Westminster Park Plaza Hotel on 6 May.

The Bank Nurse Award recognises and rewards the vital and ever increasing contribution bank nurses play in the overall nursing workforce on wards every day. The award is for bank nurses / bank nursing teams who perform above what is considered as the ‘norm’ and who add value to the substantive team.

The judges have narrowed the Bank Nurse Award category down to four entries; take a look at their profiles below to find out why they were nominated:

NHS Health Check nurses at West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest Council

The NHS Health Check nurses have over 60 years of nursing experience between them. They have overcome equipment failures, IT disasters and a restructuring of the health service to provide consistently high quality care since 2010. As a mobile service, the team has had to work in some unusual places including a tent, but can usually be found working in GP surgeries, community centres, temples, traveller sites, rehabilitation centres and schools.

The team always strive to deliver cost-effective and innovative care. For example, they transformed an unused unit in a shopping centre into a successful health promotion hub for the community.

Their professionalism and compassionate approach to care is widely appreciated by their patients, especially by those who are dealing with sensitive issues.
The Health Check nurses have also made innovative contributions to clinical practice, and share their knowledge and best practice among professionals. Many people require Health Check appointments but the nurses always meet this challenge with compassion and care.

Lauren Duncan, staff nurse at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Lauren is supportive, compassionate and empathetic in everything she does and is committed to ensuring every patient receives the highest quality of care and support. Her approach to supporting patients with failing vision is a credit to the team, she always makes sure each person receives the best services and support available.

Her colleagues say she is helpful, cheerful, kind and dedicated and often supports the team at short notice. Her help in improving the intravitreal injection clinics, organising easier access to information for case notes, and arranging the care notes has been invaluable.

Lauren’s knowledge and understanding is increasing by the day and her enthusiasm at taking on challenging tasks and her consistent hard work is admirable – she is a real asset to the team.

Bank immunisation team, Hounslow and Richmond Community Health Care NHS Trust

The immunisation team was initially established to support the immunisation programme with school nurses but their success means they are now a standalone team, recognised by NHS England for their competence and organisation.

The immunisation team has been running for just under two years with one immunisation lead, one admin assistant and a group of fantastic bank nurses. Each member of the team has different qualities that complement each other to give each child, parent or professional consistently high quality care. They have also done valuable work sign-posting young people to other relevant services as needed.

They won the NHS England bid for Richmond’s school aged immunisation and were commissioned to administer the BCG catch up programme in both Hounslow and Richmond because of their reputation for delivering efficient and quality care.
The bank team have been pivotal in increasing the uptake of vaccinations in Richmond and Hounslow schools. The team has also achieved high levels of uptake on the nasal flu programme, and the second highest uptake of childhood flu vaccinations in London.

Katharine Gale, gynaecology nurse practitioner, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Katharine has been working as a bank nurse with gynaecology outpatients since June 2014. She was previously a matron and has 18 years of experience in women’s health, a degree in nursing studies and a masters in clinical ultrasound. She is committed to using her clinical skills to improve patient care and outcomes.

Katharine proudly supports the “hello, my name is” campaign making sure patients know she is a nurse working at an advanced level and that she will be responsible for them during their hospital visit. Katharine is able to offer women a fast track appointment within seven days of their referral. This helps to rule our possible endometrial, ovarian, vulval or cervical cancer at the first outpatient visit.

As a bank nurse Katharine has shown long-term commitment to working in the gynaecology outpatient department. She ensures all her patients receive caring, high quality support and is a great example of the important role skilled temporary nurses can play in supporting specialist services.

We’re looking forward to finding out the Bank Nurse Award winner on 6 May at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel. Good luck to all the finalists, we’re proud to recognise the hard work of bank nurses.

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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