Date of release: 28 October 2021
The Infection Prevention (IP) team at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust have won a national nursing award for their outstanding work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nursing Times Awards showcase the innovation and best practice of nurses and midwives across the UK, providing an opportunity to celebrate and share good news stories.
The IP team, who were represented at the event by Mark Beddow, Senior Infection Prevention Nurse and Michelle Bonney-Wheate, Infection Prevention Nurse, was successful in the ‘Infection Prevention and Control category’ for providing a localised and integrated response to COVID-19 prevention and management across the city of Wolverhampton.
When asked how it felt to be crowned the winner Mark said: “We’re in shock! There’s a lot of fantastic work that’s gone on in recent months, across the UK, and at the event we were surrounded by lots of brilliant nursing professionals, we just can’t believe it!
“We’d like to thank the judges and panellists for the recognition – we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved.”
After the initial award submission earlier this year, entitled ‘Collaborative working with public health’, the team were invited to present their work to a panel of esteemed chief nursing officers. This took place in September and saw Mark alongside Kim Corbett, Senior Matron for IP, head down to the Nursing Times Headquarters in London.
After successfully making it through to the finals, the team were invited to a prestigious awards ceremony which took place last night (Thursday October 27th) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The event was hosted by Naga Munchetty, British presenter, newsreader and journalist with Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, also in attendance.
The Trust was up against eight other organisations for the award, including the Royal College of Nursing and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The win was attributed to the team’s work which supported staff in hospitals, GP practices, educational settings, homeless shelters, faith settings and care homes to minimise the spread of COVID-19 – working alongside Public Health at the City of Wolverhampton Council.
The teams incredible work is ongoing as we continue throughout the pandemic, ensuring high levels of practice are maintained in relation to personal protective equipment, hand-hygiene and more.
A full list of the winners can be found on the Nursing Times website.