Hampshire Hospitals recognised in national awards

Thursday 20 September 2018

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lorraine majorHampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and its staff have been shortlisted in multiple categories in national healthcare awards, highlighting excellent and the compassionate care it’s staff provide. 

The Trust and individual members of staff are in the running in the HSJ Awards, the Nursing Times Awards and the Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards, showcasing some of the best the Trust has to offer.

Two members of the nursing team at Hampshire Hospitals have been recognised by the prestigious Nursing Times Awards. Lorraine Major, advanced paediatric nurse, is in the running for ‘Nurse of the Year’, whilst Alison McGinnes, clinical matron for dementia care has been shortlisted for ‘Nurse Leader of the Year’.

Lorraine Major, advanced paediatric nurse, is in the final shortlist for nurse of the year, a prestigious category in which only nine nurses across the country made it in to.

Her nomination mentioned that “Lorraine is an outstanding paediatric nurse who has spent her career trying to improve. She is highly skilled, passionate and has influenced paediatric practice locally, regionally and nationally.”

The nomination goes on to mention her work with supporting a hospital in Hoima, Uganda, having spent her own time sharing clinical skills to set up new systems and supporting other clinical professionals to go there. Lorraine now chairs Building Blocks, the charity that sends the professionals to Uganda.

Lorraine was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, but she took a positive approach to her treatment and it wasn’t too long before she was back at work. She has now encouraged patients and colleagues to raise money for the breast unit and is even doing a 25 mile sponsored walk from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

Reflecting on her nomination, Lorraine, who has been a nurse for 40 years, said: "To have been nominated is a great honour and very humbling. I believe I'm here just to do the best I possibly can."

alison mcginnesAlison McGinnes, who chose elderly care to provide even better care for elderly patients after her grandparents had dementia, said: "I was shocked to find out I was shortlisted, but it was a really nice surprise. There's a team who works so hard alongside me, so the nomination is a credit not just to me, but to the whole team."

The Trust has also received a nod in the HSJ Awards for its work on improving the care of frail patients at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in the Acute or Specialist Services Redesign category.

Yvonne McWean, associate director of Quality Improvement at Hampshire Hospitals, said of the shortlisting: “I’m really excited and pleased for the team, who have worked so hard to set up a frailty service. We have done a great piece of work and have done really well to get this far. We will give it everything we’ve got at the interview stage and see what happens.”

frailty teamThe programme was developed to support patients who were arriving at the hospital and being identified as frail. Access to specialist assessment frail elderly has been put in place, so that they are seen as early as possible to improve the care they received and to enable them to be discharged from hospital sooner, where appropriate, and to receive treatment at home.

A spokesman for the HSJ Awards said: “2018 has seen a staggering increase in entries from all over the NHS and wider healthcare industry, so to be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement.”

The Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards have also recognised the Trust for Preceptorship of the Year, which recognises teaching programmes for newly qualified nurses and/or midwives.

The Trust’s nomination for the Preceptorship of the Year Award focused on training offered to new staff to increase their skills and confidence in managing challenging and complex communications.

Katie Webb, workforce development facilitator said: "The team is really proud to be shortlisted as we work hard to create a high quality programme to support newly qualified nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and health scientists during their first year of work."preceptorship

Consultant acute physician and sepsis lead for Hampshire Hospitals, Matt Inada-Kim has also received an award nod, being shortlisted in the HSJ Awards for his work on evaluating sepsis alongside Imperial College Health Partners, Oxford Healthcare Improvement/Oxford AHSN Patient Safety collaborative, Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative and the Patient
matt inada-kimSafety Measurement Unit. Matt Inada-Kim is the clinical lead for deterioration and sepsis for Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative and national clinical advisor on sepsis for NHS England.

Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals, which runs hospitals in Andover, Basingstoke and Winchester, said: “I’m delighted for all of the individual staff members and teams shortlisted for these awards.  We have so many fantastic staff at Hampshire Hospitals and it is great that they are getting this national recognition. The nominees and the rest of our 6,000 staff at Hampshire Hospitals can be extremely proud of all they achieve on behalf of our patients.”

The Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards takes place on 4 October whilst the winners of the Nursing Times Awards will be announced on 31 October and the HSJ Awards on 21 November.

 

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Photos:

1 Nurse of the year nominee Lorraine Major with a patient

2 Nurse leader of the year nominee Alison McGinnes

3 Members of the preceptorship programme celebrate completing the programme

4 Consultant acute physician and sepsis lead for Hampshire Hospitals, Matt Inada-Kim

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