A Stoma Care Nurse at Nottingham’s hospitals has been named national nurse of the year in recognition of his exceptional care for patients.
Andrew Bird, Lead Stoma Care Nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), was named winner of the Stoma Care Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards on Friday.
The awards celebrate talent, professionalism and innovation within nursing and involve colleagues being nominated by their peers in recognition of those going above and beyond in their care for patients.
Andrew has worked for the Trust since 2002, and was recognised at the Awards for his exceptional efforts in helping to implement a seven-day stoma care service at NUH. The service helps patients to be discharged quicker and contributes to their quality of life and care by enabling them to have access to a Stoma Care Nurse seven-days-a-week.
Stoma Care Nurses play a critical role in ensuring that patients are well informed and that their after care is managed appropriately. The BJN Stoma Care Nurse of the Year Award celebrates these nurses and the excellent support that they provide for patients.
Speaking about his Award, Andrew said: “It was a complete shock to receive the Award. It was really strange to walk onto the stage in front of so many amazing and talented people from the nursing profession. It was very surreal; I went from watching the Awards on the screen, as we were sat quite far back, to actually being up there on the stage.”
Andrew also spoke about the seven-day service available to stoma care patients at NUH: “A little while ago we started working seven-day shifts in stoma care, something that was identified a few years ago as a way to get patients home in a timely fashion and to provide support over the weekend. When I was brought into post four years ago, it was high on the agenda to happen and now we work 8am – 4pm seven days a week, providing specialist care to those who need it.
“Though I am so grateful to receive the award, this really is a team effort between those of us that do provide this service on the ward.”
The Award was presented to Andrew by the Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK Chair, Maddie White, and Dr Ed Coats.
Tracy Keane, Divisional Nurse for Surgery at NUH, said: “As a Division we are immensely proud that Andrew’s expertise, compassion and vision, alongside the whole team, have been recognised in this way. The understanding of front line clinical staff, influencing and driving innovative change, in conjunction with patients is integral to the ethos of service development within the Division and Trust as a whole and this also provides a super template of success. Well done Andrew!”
The full list of winners from this year’s BJN Awards can be found here.