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Trust Nominated For Nine National Awards

Trust Nominated For Nine National Awards

Date of release: 17 September 2020

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is celebrating after receiving nine nominations for national awards.

The Trust’s Clinical Fellowship Programme, aimed at recruiting international nurses, has been recognised in four categories at this year’s Nursing Times Workforce Awards, which attracted around 100 entries.

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The programme has been recognised in the following categories:- Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff, Workforce Team of the Year, Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best International Recruitment Experience.

The clinical fellowship programme has been running for two years. It provides nurses with excellent clinical practice exposure and educational development to enable nurses to attain degree level or progress to Master’s level. 

A total of 194 nurses are part of the programme to date, while the Trust achieved the highest nurse retention rate in the West Midlands this year. 

The organisation is particularly proud to be included in the Best Inclusion and Diversity practice category.

This is recognition for the evidence-based support programme established for international nurses, which helps BAME nurses settle in, with advice and clinics on our culture and social values.

Zoe Marsh, the Trust’s Deputy Director of Global Partnerships in Innovation, Integration and Research, said: “It is a privilege to be recognised for the team’s hard work and dedication. 

“The teams have worked tirelessly to launch and also run our very successful nursing clinical fellowship programme since established in 2018.”

In the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, five nurses have been recognised, with the Urology team shortlisted for three Nursing Times awards.

Kelly Kusinski has been shortlisted in the Cancer Nursing category for her initiative, Brothers Reaching Out To/For Support (BROS) support group.

In the same category, Kelly, Clare Waymont and Jenny Akins have been nominated for work with the nurse-led elevated PSA telephone triage service. 

Nicola Farnell, a Urology Nurse, and Emily Wates, a Gynaecology Bereavement Nurse, have been shortlisted in the Nursing Times’s Rising Star category.

Kelly has developed a group to increase awareness of the risk of prostate cancer in black men, who are more likely to die from the disease than any other ethnic group.

Kelly, Clare and Jenny have developed a fast-track service to assess patients via telephone and arrange direct investigations to help meet cancer targets. 

Nurse-led telephone triage of suspected prostate cancer referrals has been identified as innovative practice and shared within the West Midlands Cancer alliance.

Emily was nominated for to her work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for bereavement in early pregnancy, while Nicola has had an excellent impact within the team, receiving positive feedback from patients. 

The nurses will find out the winners at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 14th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, while those on the clinical fellowship programme have their big night on Wednesday 2nd December at The Brewery, also in London.

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