Sheffield Hospitals’ nursing teams honoured in top national awards

Nursing staff from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a top national award after providing exemplary care for frail elderly patients during the Covid19 pandemic.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 4:45 pm

The Brearley 6 ward team, a care of the elderly ward at the Northern General Hospital has been named as finalists in the Nursing Times’ Care of Older People category.

Their work has been chosen from hundreds of entries submitted from NHS organisations across the country.

Brearley 6 was the first ward at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to be made into a Covid-19 cohort ward.

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Nurse Director Jane Hopkins (left) with members of the Medicine and Pharmacy Services team

As well as effectively managing the specific care needs of highly vulnerable patients during a challenging period of time, staff ensured communication with relatives and carers who were unable to visit was made as easy as possible.

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Jo Marsden, Nurse Director, said: “I am ecstatic and so very proud that the Surgical

Services’ nursing teams have been nationally recognised for their work in response to COVID-19. The team responded so well to the changes and in such a short period of time, working creatively and dynamically to respond to patient need.”

Members of the surgical services nursing team

Peter Thompson, aged 73, of Burncross, who received care during this time, thanked the team for going above and beyond:

“I was losing weight and increasingly fatigued from a long term health condition as COVID-19 started to take a grip on the country.

"I was referred to one of the surgeons who felt that a major abdominal operation was a possible solution but due to my poor nutritional health with low protein, status of disease and uncertainty of surgical outcomes with COVID-19, another option was explored.”

Patient Peter Thompson

As a result Peter was asked to attend the Theatre Assessment Unit as a day case patient to have intravenous feeding four times a week. This resulted in a significant improvement of his symptoms. He now receives intravenous feeding at home, has avoided major surgery and has a significant improvement in his quality of life.

Also recognised in the awards was Jane Hopkins and the Medicine and Pharmacy Services teams, and the teenage and young adult cancer service at Weston Park Cancer Centre.

Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that the hard work and creativity of our nursing teams has once again been singled out in these prestigious awards. These teams have demonstrated key qualities of nursing care, providing patients with very complex needs with dignified, compassionate, patient-centred care. I am very proud of their excellent work and that they have been highlighted as shining examples of nursing care at its best.”

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