[I]t’s Nurses’ Day on Thursday 12th May and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all their nurses.
Cumbria Partnership employs over 2,000 nurses (including permanent, fixed term and bank staff) working in a wide range of services, including community, inpatient, mental health, health visiting, sexual health, end of life care, dementia, diabetes, neurology, school nursing and many, many more.
Nurses care for the people of Cumbria at all stages of life, from looking after the health of our new born babies, to nursing our elderly relatives – and everything in-between. They are committed to delivering high quality and compassionate health care, from carrying out health checks, changing dressings and administering medication to providing health advice and supporting patients and their relatives in difficult situations.
Cumbria Partnership are very proud to count some award winning and nationally recognised nurses amongst their workforce.
Just this week Salli Pilcher, Associate Director of Nursing, was presented with a special “Queen’s Nurse Award” by the Queen’s Nursing Institute due to her outstanding efforts during the floods. Salli and four other nurses from the Trust – Jane Dickinson, Phil Hunter, Linda Graham and Helen Boit – were also presented with the title of Queen’s Nurse.
Two other nurses – Linda Graham, District Nurse Team Lead for Eden and Angela Reynolds, Clinical Nurse Lead for the East Network – attended the Flood Heroes Reception at 10 Downing Street in March. They were commended by Prime Minister David Cameron for their efforts in helping patients and local communities during the extreme weather in December last year.
Recently two nurses from Flattwalks, Whitehaven attended the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association Awards in London. Amanda Hulse won the “School Nurse of the Year” Award, while Helen Westwood was a finalist for “Universal Health Visitor of the Year”.
The Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC), which brings together nurses from all Cumbrian NHS Trusts, have been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal Awards for Training and Development.
CPFT nurses are also at the forefront of some significant developments in health care. For example, two health visitors have been seconded as Specialist Breast Feeding Health Visitors and will be overseeing the implementation of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, improving breast feeding rates in Cumbria. They will be attending regular training in London and sharing their knowledge with other NHS staff and new mums in Cumbria.
That’s just some of the recent achievements by CPFT Nurses – there are many, many more.
Sara Munro, Director of Quality and Nursing said: “Our nurses work hard every day to care for people, either in hospital, in clinics or in their own homes. Thank you, to our nurses and all our health professionals, for your commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of your local communities. While we always celebrate the achievements of our staff who are shortlisted for or win awards, for every award winner there are so many more unsung heroes within our workforce. We know they are greatly appreciated by our patients from the hundreds of compliments we receive each year – they make a difference to so many people’s lives.”
Nurses’ Day takes place on the 12th May each year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. To celebrate, CPFT have put together a series of case studies about some of their nurses, to highlight some of the many different types of nursing. There is also a short video where some nurses share what they like most about their job. You can view the case studies at www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk and watch the video on the CPFT YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/cpftnhs.