Nottinghamshire Healthcare staff win national awards

Four members of staff at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, the county’s mental health, learning disability and community healthcare provider, have been named as winners in the Nursing Times Awards 2012.

With over 800 entries to win two awards is a great success and reflects on the Trust’s commitment to developing people to their full potential and supporting them to take forward their ideas to develop innovative services.

‘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 won the Learning Disability Nursing category

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

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.”

Professor Mike Cooke CBE is Chief Executive of the Trust. He said: “This is a terrific result. Very well done to Mark for his continued push to advise and treat on substance misuse- such a common determinant of serious issues in need for other services. Special congratulations to Maureen, Ruth and Cathy-Anne for getting out there into primary care with such impact. We are truly proud of all our staff and especially today these four outstanding individuals.