Three Nottinghamshire Healthcare staff shortlisted for national awards

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Three members of staff in Nottinghamshire Healthcare, the county’s mental health, learning disability and community healthcare provider, have been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards 2012.

‘The Health Inspectors’, an initiative designed to give people with learning disabilities an influencing voice and become valued members of the local health agenda, has been shortlisted in the Learning Disability Nursing category after being nominated by Maureen Major, Health Facilitator in Nottingham North and East, on behalf of the team.

Maureen said: “For us, the most exciting part of the project has been a partnership working at its best and is totally a bottom-up approach to client participation. The real stars are the health inspectors; a group of people with learning disabilities who wanted to have a voice within the health service.”

The ‘Community Matron in High-Volume Service Users’ programme within the Trust’s Substance Misuse Services (SMS) has been shortlisted in the Nursing in Mental Health category after being nominated for its assertive outreach and innovative management of patients who regularly frequent the hospital setting.

The Community Matron scheme is a multi-agency team who manage high-volume SMS service users in the community and prevent admission to hospital.

Mark Holmes, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Substance Misuse Services, said: “We have helped reduce admissions for patients who have previously frequently accessed inpatient services, enabling us to use resources more efficiently, and patient feedback has been really positive. It highlights the need for community care for people with substance misuse problems and shows that we can never write anyone off.”

Registered nurse Lynne Cotterill, Community Matron/Clinical Director in Rushcliffe, County Health Partnerships (CHP), was shortlisted in the category of Nurse of the Year after being nominated by Paul Smeeton, Chief Operating Executive, Health Partnerships; Vicky Bailey, Chief Operating officer Rushcliffe; and members of her local team.

After working in the NHS for over 30 years, Lynne has combined her role as a community matron with her new position of Clinical Director in which she is responsible for all community services in Rushcliffe and Lings Bar Community Hospital.

Paul said: “Throughout this time of great change Lynne has helped to maintain staff morale and has kept her good humour, combined with a focus on improving patient care, building relationships with other organisations and encouraging staff to be the best they can be. She is proving that in the modern NHS it is not just doctors who are shaping services.”

All shortlisted entries are required to present to The Nursing Times Awards judging panel in September, with the winners announced at the Awards at the end of October in London. For more information, visit http://www.ntawards.co.uk/home