Geraldine Rodgers and the Significant 7 project have been announced as finalists in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards, the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolade. Following the award’s highest ever number of nominations in its 31-year history, a panel of expert judges has whittled down over 700 entries to just five inspirational finalists for each award category, and Geraldine Rodgers and the Significant 7 team are finalists in the Nursing Older People Award category. The RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better.
Nurse consultant Geraldine led the creation and implementation of the Significant 7 tool designed to enable care home staff to identify deteriorating residents. Audit had identified a high number of hospital admissions from care homes, many inappropriate. Significant 7 prompts care workers to ask pertinent questions about their residents’ health and there is an interactive training package for staff. A contact list matched to the seven signs of deterioration is available so care staff can seek appropriate assistance quickly. Emergency department admission has reduced by 31% in care homes and 50% in special sheltered accommodation.
Geraldine said “I am absolutely delighted the Signifcant 7 project has been shortlisted for an RCNi Award. This recognises the work to support our partners across care home settings to improve outcomes and support for patients with physical health needs and to empower the care home staff with the skills to recognise deterioration sooner."
Rachel Armitage, Managing Director at RCNi, said “The RCNi panel of professional judges voted Geraldine Rodgers and the team as finalists because of their incredible story and because of the impact they have had within care homes. With the nursing shortage high on the national agenda, it’s important that we give nurses like this team the recognition they deserve, and we look forward to celebrating their work at the awards in July.”
Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said "The 2018 RCNi Nurse Award Finalists are all incredible. So often nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve and I can’t wait to celebrate their hard work and dedication at the ceremony in July – if it was up to me I’d crown them all as winners.”
The team will now go through to the interview stage of the judging process, ahead of the awards ceremony in July.