Call to public to nominate a local nurse worthy of a national award

By Toby Leigh in Local People

A LOCAL health worker could become the nation’s nursing star as the deadline approaches for nominations in this year’s Patient’s Choice Award.

The public in the South Hams is being encouraged to say thank you to a nurse, midwife, health visitor or health care assistant who has made a real difference by nominating them for the national award.

Organised by RCNi, part of the Royal College of Nursing Group, the Patient’s Choice Award highlights and rewards outstanding practice in the nursing profession.

RCNi editorial director Graham Scott said: ’Our award recognises and celebrates the UK’s many unsung nursing heroes and heroines, who have gone the extra mile for their patients. This is the public’s chance to say thank you for making a difference.

’Our mission at RCNi is to promote excellence in nursing care, so we want to see as many nurses put forward for this award as possible.’

Alongside appealing directly to the public, RCNi is urging every organisation - whether in the NHS, the community or the independent sector - to tell their patients about this award, encouraging them to nominate those nurses who have performed above and beyond the call of duty.

To nominate a nurse, midwife, health visitor or healthcare assistant, members of the public can visit www.nurseawards.co.uk. The closing date for nominations is Friday, January 6.

An expert panel of judges will review the nominations and select the finalists. Members of the public will then be invited to vote for the nurse who they believe most deserves the accolade. The winner will receive their award at a ceremony in May 2017.

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