Hat trick of NAMY nominations for Nottingham Research Nurse

Hat trick of NAMY nominations for Nottingham Research Nurse

Sarah Brand, a Senior Research Nurse based at Nottingham City Hospital, has received three Nurse and Midwife of the Year (NAMY) Awards for paving the way for her colleagues.

Sarah has worked at NUH since qualifying as a nurse in 1999, and has been praised by her colleagues for going “above and beyond” for patients and for being a role-model to her team.

Sarah works as a Senior Research Nurse for the Nottingham Renal Unit, as part of a team of nurses that spend their time looking at ways in which patients receive the best and most up-to-date treatment.

Sarah’s approach to research was recognised by those that nominated her.

Nicola Straw, Renal Research Data Clerk, said: “She goes above and beyond for the patients she deals with and will often visit patients in their homes in her own time just to make research projects easier for them.”

Sarah was also praised for her supportive and nurturing approach to management.

Nicola said: “Sarah is such a supportive manager and wants nothing more than for her team to excel in all aspects of their work life. She encourages us to better ourselves through learning and has helped numerous members of staff to go on to University qualifications. She is even helping one of our team to gain her Masters qualification at the moment, after supporting her through her HEE/NIHR Bronze Programme.”

Nicola added: “Sarah has the best work ethic of any person I know. She is very well thought of throughout NUH and this is well deserved, she does everything to the very best standard that she can.”

Sarah said: “I’ve been really lucky to have some great managers over the years that have encouraged me, so I think it’s important for me to do the same for others. It’s also about developing the service for the patients and making sure that everyone is the best that they can be for the benefit of patients.”

Sarah is also taking part in the 70@70 NIHR Senior Nurse and Midwife Leader Programme, which helps to embed a research-active culture within organisations. 

Also responsible for setting up a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group for renal patients, Sarah meets with a group on a monthly basis to ensure that they get chance to feed back to clinical staff about the care they receive.

Open for public nominations, the NAMY Awards are an opportunity for staff to be recognised for the work they do, many of whom often go above and beyond to provide excellent care for their patients. Nominations can be made here. The shortlist will be announced in September, with a public vote to decide the winners opening on Monday 16 September.