Inspirational Penny wins top nursing award

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An inspirational nurse who supports people with cancer has won a top award for her outstanding contribution dedication to patients.

Penny Tindall, lead cancer nurse, won the overall title at the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust 2018 chief nurse awards.

Eight nurses, midwives, allied health care professionals, support workers and students were recognised for their compassionate and outstanding care at the annual awards at the trust, which runs both Mansfield Community and Sutton’s King’s Mill hospitals.

Penny who won the special award chosen and presented by chief nurse Suzanne Banks for outstanding contribution to leadership and empowering and inspiring others, said: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed.

“I feel proud to have been nominated in the first place.

“I have been working for the trust for just less than a year and it has been a real privilege to be part of the team.

“I feel like I have got one of the best jobs in the world in terms of looking at how we can improve services for our patients with cancer.”

The awards celebrate those dedicated nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals, support workers and students who are committed to providing the very best care for their patients.

Categories reflected the trust’s core values, as well as a special achievement award to mark 70 years of the NHS.

Ms Banks said: “It was tough for the judging panel and we had a hard job just getting to a shortlist.”

n Communicating and working together: Tania Willetts, ward 25 staff nurse.

n Aspiring and improving: Chantelle Holland, critical care nurse ;

n Respectful and caring: Natalie Bradbury, emergency department staff nurse;

n Efficient and safe: Justin Wyatt, ward 43 ward leader;

n Student of the year: Tom Hicks, student physiotherapist;

n Support worker of the year:Lucy Harris, emergency department healthcare assistant;

n NHS70 lifetime achievement award: Sue Banner, urgent emergency care duty nurse manager;

n Chief nurse award: Penny Tindall, lead cancer nurse.