Sheffield general practice nurses and healthcare assistants have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to patients, at the first ever Sheffield General Practice Nurse and Healthcare Assistant Awards.
The awards were launched this year to recognise the often unsung work nurses do in primary care.
The award ceremony was organised by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group in collaboration with the Sheffield Practice Nurse Forum. Around 100 people attended the event that took place recently at Sheffield United football ground, along with a number of key figures in healthcare from across Sheffield who attended to present awards.
Mandy Philbin, Chief Nurse at NHS Sheffield CCG, said: “General practice nurses and healthcare assistants often go about their jobs without realising what a massive difference they are making. We started these awards to acknowledge the invaluable contribution that they make for our patients and to give credit to the vast array of talent and skills within our brilliant primary care nursing workforce.
“The number of nominations we received is testament to how valued the primary care nurse workforce is. I know the judging panel had a really difficult decision when picking the winners and to me, every single nomination was a winner.”
There were six award categories recognising different attributes, the categories included: innovation, commitment to nursing, mentor and preceptorship, rising star, long term condition management and one of the highest nominated areas was for the healthcare assistant of the year. To recognise the amount of nominations in this category, the judging panel created a special ‘thank you' award for the runner-up healthcare assistant of the year.
The shortlisted nominations highlighted a nurse who has worked in practice for almost 30 years, another who runs clinics for patients with language and cultural barriers, and a healthcare assistant who mentors apprentices and nurses that are taking innovative approaches to nursing.
The award ceremony formed part of a learning and knowledge initiative sharing event for nurses where attendees discussed the vision and strategy for general practice nurses and how they can raise their profile and share the important work they are doing. After a successful event this year NHS Sheffield CCG hopes it make this an annual event on a larger scale.