And the Winner is … What does winning an award mean to you? the Oscars… fame... glitzy award ceremonies… Is this what winning an award really means?
Our Stories - Matthew COPD Nurse Consultant at Homerton University Hospital Honorary Respiratory Nurse Consultant at St Josephs Hospice Working in an integrated COPD Team and commissioned to provide palliative care for COPD patients Needed additional resources and expertise to provide service Set – up inter-organisational clinic for Advanced COPD at local hospice
Matthew Multi-professional (medical/AHP and Nursing) Planning for the future held at local hospice Holistic approach to care planning Pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to advanced COPD care Improved access and information needs Self applied – wanted to raise awareness of COPD and palliative care
Our Stories - Gemma I was a Student Nurse at Birmingham City University working part time for the Heart of England Hub of the Mental Health Research Network during my studies As part of my work with the Hub I identified that there was research interest and expertise in Military related Mental Health issues within the Midlands area I set up a Midlands Military Mental Health Research Group – aimed at supporting research within this field which would ultimately impact on the support and care for veterans in coping with mental health issues.
Gemma My Personal Tutor encouraged me to apply for the Nursing Standard Student Nurse Award Winning the awards has given me the opportunity to attend the Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey, the House of Lords, and to speak to you here now! Plus it boosted my CV when applying for my first nursing job
Winning awards for us has… Raised profile of the work we have both been doing Open opportunities for networking and raising importance of work at national and international level Personal Reward Positive nursing stories
The need to promote excellent nursing care Day to day nurses provide excellent care for their patients which really makes a difference to patients lives CNO CinP & the 6Cs are an example of how nursing and nurses can framed to reflect on current care – along with evidence As nurses are the instigates of quality improvement But sometimes all we hear about are headlines like these …
Patients 'demeaned' by poor-quality nursing care – (27/08/2009), The Guardian Elderly suffer poor care in half of NHS hospitals – (13/10/2011), The Telegraph Poor care should be tackled, but we should also highlight and promote the excellent nursing care that is provided by nurses. Awards give us the chance to showcase this work! Because of poor NHS care: Delays in diagnosis means chances to save lives are being missed – (13/09/2013), The Daily Mail
So why should I apply for an award? CARE Showcase how you have delivered good care COMPASSION Demonstrates that you go the extra mile for patients COMMITMENT Commitment to improving care COMMUNICATION Communicate your achievements - inspire others! COURAGE Be brave and tell people about your good work! COMPETENCE Sharing best practice adds to body of knowledge. Reflection on achievements
Discussions (1) What are the barriers you perceive in applying for awards?
Winners Quotes I was just so shocked – when the judge read out my name, but so proud Words cannot even begin to describe how proud I am right now just so amazing
But what are the judges really looking for? Innovation Something different Patient Centered Engagement Holistic Entrepreneurial Relevance towards award category
Nursing Times Awards It helps you understand what you've achieved and where you are to write a submission. It's very valuable measuring yourself against the criteria we set out and seeing how you've done – and will doubtless challenge you and inspire you to think of other ways you could extend the project or do more. It's a huge morale boost just to get shortlisted – to have a panel of experts say your work is outstanding and considered worthy of an award. The judging day itself makes people feel they are on a real high and people love. And the potential thrill of winning – nothing beats it. I have won awards and been shortlisted – and there is nothing like the joy of thinking that you could win and sitting in that room after the dinner and hoping and waiting for your name to be read out. It just feels so special; Your story will be written about by NT potentially, and your best practice will be disseminated to the wider service, so you actually will improve patient care and have a massive impact on enhancing practice.
Nursing Standards Awards Overcome nurses innate modesty/reticence, put yourself forward – the world needs to know about your work! Your patients have benefited and other nurses will want to learn from you so that they can deliver better care. Sharing is the right thing to do. You have worked hard, youve achieved something, so enjoy the recognition for you, your team and your patients. This gives you the opportunity to get the nursing message/nurses voices heard in high places. Politicians have a real hunger for individual nurses and patients stories. So much of nursing innovation begins with change made by individual nurses and local teams. Politicians need to know about what you do so that it can inform policy.
General Points Patient Centered Usually free to submit Can nominate yourself, colleague or a team Simple on-line process Time for reflection and thinking Raising the nurses voice NS/NT/HSJ/Charities/JAN Other types – scholars / travel
Discussion (2) What initiatives/ best practice are you proud of in your clinical area?
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