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Two NELFT nurses have been nominated for the prestigious Nurse Awards

The Royal College of Nursing has nominated NELFT nurses for the prestigious Nurse Awards. Geraldine Rodgers (Associate Director of Nursing, Clinical Effectiveness and Fellow for Older People) has been shortlisted in the Nursing Older People category and the Brookside team for the Mental Health Practice award.

The annual Nurse Awards take place at the Westminster Park Plaza in central London on Wednesday 4th July. Now in their 31st year, the RCNi Nurse Awards celebrate the very best in nursing care. Covering a wide range of specialties such as learning disability nursing, child health, cancer nursing, mental health nursing and nursing older people and these awards are widely regarded as the highest accolade for nurses in the UK.

All the shortlisted entrants will be invited to present their initiative to a panel of judges in London in May 2018. The panel will decide the winner for each category and the category winners will then be considered by the judges for the overall award, the ‘RCN Nurse of the Year 2018’.

About the nomination, Geraldine Rodgers said: “It’s a significant honour to receive a nomination from the RCN. The standard of entrants this year was exceptionally high and the fact that the Significant 7 project has made it to final-five shortlist is testament to how well received it has been. “

The Significant 7 Training Package was developed following research with care homes, hospital doctors and local authorities for over six months and it was identified that there was an opportunity to support care home staff. The training package takes into account the needs of care home workers and the barriers in training this group of people. The package includes a toolkit to support care workers to identify the health needs of residents and an interactive training session delivered by healthcare professionals in the care home setting.

Talking about the shortlisting for the Brookside team, Emma Berry (Interim Young Persons Home Treatment Team Manager) said: "I’m delighted that Brookside has been shortlisted for the Nurse Awards, this nomination proves the hard work and dedication that all the staff at Brookside have shown. The unit was rated as Outstanding by the CQC and that is testament to the fantastic group of colleagues I work with at Brookside." 

The Brookside adolescent unit is divided into three services onsite - there are two inpatient services (Willows and Reeds wards) and a day patient service (Waterfalls ward). A part of the new structure at the unit, is the Young Persons Home Treatment Team. This is a 24/7 service which is designed to support young people in their own homes. It has the capacity to see up to 12 young people, from the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, at any time in their homes, and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals including doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists.

To read more about the nominations, visit the RCNi website at: