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Celebrations for nurses and midwives

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust celebrated the outstanding achievements and commitment of its nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants at a special awards ceremony at Kelham House on 2 August.

Over 200 nominations – a record number – were sent in by peers and members of the public for individuals and teams from across King’s Mill, Newark, and Mansfield Community hospitals. Awards were given to staff that have shown exemplary dedication and have gone above and beyond their normal job duties.

Suzanne Banks, Chief Nurse at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “Passionate, kind, caring and respectful are just some of the words used to describe the nominees at this year’s awards.

“The ceremony is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy themselves and celebrate the care, compassion, dignity, respect and teamwork that takes place across our hospitals every single day.

“We are lucky to have so many special members of staff - the number nominated reflects the drive and commitment they have in delivering the best health outcomes for patients.”

Winners were:

· Communicating and Working Together

Enrique De La Flor Fernandez, Staff Nurse, Emergency Assessment Unit

Enrique was the first overseas nurse to be recruited to the Trust over two years ago. His nomination said he quickly embraced his role on the Emergency Assessment Unit and has become a highly popular nurse with staff and patients alike. He has provided support and orientation to numerous other international recruits to help their transition into the organisation and the local community based on his own experiences. Enrique always provides high quality nursing care to his patients in a caring and compassionate way and is a valuable asset to the team.

· Aspiring and Improving

Stacey Marriott, Sister, Emergency Department

Stacey is relatively new in her lead nurse role within the department. Her calm, consistent and professional approach has helped the department to continue to develop and improve. Stacey is described as setting high standards and is an excellent example for others to follow.

· Respectful and Caring

Melanie Butcher, Bereavement Support Midwife

Melanie’s nomination confirmed her extensive career in neonatal nursing has given her extra dimension to her midwifery practice. This insight is invaluable when a baby needs extra help at birth. Unfortunately there are sad times in midwifery and occasionally much longed for babies are born 'asleep'. Melanie shows such tremendous care and compassion to parents and families. There is so much to deal with emotionally, physically and practically and Melanie supports families and staff by guiding them through this with compassion. These difficult times stay with parents forever so there is only one opportunity to get things right - using the right words and giving the best advice. Melanie achieves this. She cares; she wipes tears, holds hands, ensures that parents have cuddles and keepsakes, she is there at the end of the phone, supporting guiding and understanding.

· Efficient and Safe

Woodland ward

King’s Mill Hospital’s dedicated dementia ward’s seven nominations praised the passion the nursing team have for keeping patients safe, happy and welcomed and how they are always looking for new ways to improve patients’ stay on the wards both medically and holistically. Patient nominations stated how kind and understanding the team are and how calm the atmosphere is.

· Chief Nurse Award

Danny Jones, Staff Nurse, Emergency Assessment Unit

Danny is always supportive towards his ward sister and a driving force for change and improvement. He always has a responsible, positive ‘can do’ and ‘will do’ attitude while maintaining a pleasant demeanour. He is a leader who is considerate towards his team.