A nursing team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as a finalist for a national award.
Tracy Earley, Consultant Nurse for Nutrition at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and the nutrition nursing team have been named as a finalist in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards; the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolade.
Following the award’s highest ever number of nominations in its 31-year history, a panel of expert judges has whittled down over 700 entries to just five inspirational finalists for each award category.
Tracy and the nutrition nursing team are finalists in the “Innovations in your Specialty” award category. The RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better.
Tracy and the team have significantly improved patient safety with a whole systems approach to improving education around nasogastric tube insertion (NGT); including an e-learning tool which has been adopted nationally. Almost 30 other NHS organisations have adopted the e-learning tool and approach to improving patient safety.
Gail Naylor, Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said: “We are delighted that Tracy and the team have been named as a finalist in the RCNi awards this year. This is testament to the fantastic work that the team have done for our patients and for our hospitals. They truly deserve to win.”
Rachel Armitage, Managing Director at the RCNi, said: “The RCNi panel of professional judges voted Tracy Earley and the team as finalists because of their incredible story and because of the impact they have had within their department. With the nursing shortage high on the national agenda, it’s important that we give nurses like this team the recognition they deserve, and we look forward to celebrating their work at the awards in July.”
The hunt for Britain’s nursing heroes started back in December 2017, led by Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, and will culminate in a glamorous awards ceremony on the 4th July in central London. Nurses were able to nominate themselves or their colleagues across 14 different categories ranging from mental health and cancer, to emergency and student nursing.
Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said "The 2018 RCNi Nurse Award finalists are all incredible. So often nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve and I can’t wait to celebrate their hard work and dedication at the ceremony in July – if it was up to me I’d crown them all as winners.”
The team will now go through to the interview stage of the judging process, ahead of the awards ceremony in July.