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The very best examples of outstanding nursing and midwifery care were celebrated at tonight’s Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards, which are possible thanks to a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), Nottingham Express Transit (NET) and the Nottingham Post.

More than 386 nominations for the awards were received from patients, relatives and colleagues for this year’s awards for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants working across Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital, Ropewalk House and in the community.

Luisa Avanzado, Staff Nurse on Berman 2 Ward at Nottingham City Hospital, was voted the overall winner of the 2018 Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards at a special awards ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza, in Nottingham’s City Centre this evening.

Luisa, from the Philippines, was nominated by a colleague who described her as: “The person you want by your side when times become challenging.”

Luisa said: 

I am honoured to be nominated as the winner of International Nurse of the Year. It is not just for me, but for all nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants all over the world.

Luisa was one of eight winners on the night. The full list of winners is below.

Adult Nurse of the Year

James Roper

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Department, QMC


Children’s Nurse of the Year

Holly Millerchip

Staff Nurse, Paediatric Intensive Care, QMC


Healthcare Assistant of the Year

Rebecca Goffin

Healthcare Assistant, Loxley Ward, City Hospital


International Nurse of the Year (& overall winner)

Luisa Avanzado

Staff Nurse, Berman 2 Ward, City Hospital


Midwife of the Year

Christa Burgess

Bereavement Specialist Midwife, Bereavement Team


Nurse/Midwife Leader of the Year

Adam Shelton-Johnson

Duty Nurse Manager, Hospital@Night


Student Nurse/Midwife of the Year

Yie Sheen Teoh

Student Midwife


‘NHS 70’ Award

Sarah Freer

Assistant Divisional Nurse, Palliative & End of Life Care Lead


The special NHS 70 Award was introduced this year as the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary to recognise the exceptional contribution of a member of staff to the NHS and to nursing.

The winner of this special award was NUH’s End of Life Care Lead, Sarah Freer. Thanks to funding from the Nottingham Hospitals Charity, the Trust launched the SWAN initiative in 2017, which is a symbol used across QMC and Nottingham City Hospital to represent end of life and bereavement care. It acts as a reminder to all staff to pay extra attention to patients, as well as their families and friends, at their greatest time of need.

Sarah has been instrumental in leading the roll-out of this vital project and tonight she was recognised for her work.

NUH’s Chief Nurse, Mandie Sunderland said: “The nominations we received this year were so heart-warming. I believe we have some of the best nurses and midwives in the world working at NUH and the nominations we received shows that many of our patients and the city of Nottingham agree with me.

“I witness inspirational acts of compassion and kindness from nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants at NUH every day, and tonight I am so pleased that so many of our staff have been recognised and rewarded for their contributions which are seen as special in the eyes of their patients and colleagues. Many congratulations to our winners, shortlist and all nominees.”


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