It’s been another exciting year for the Nurse and Midwife of the Year (NAMY) Awards, as more than 300 nominations have been received to celebrate staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), in partnership with NET Tram and Nottingham Post.
Nominations have been received from patients, the public and fellow staff members, who recognise the difference that the nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants and Nursing Associates from Nottingham’s hospitals have made to hundreds of lives.
The nominations have been received across nine categories, inspired by the range of care professionals at NUH, including Adult Nurse of the Year, Children’s Nurse of the Year, Nursing Associate of the Year and Healthcare Assistant of the Year.
Every day NUH’s nurses and midwives work tirelessly to care for patients and their loved ones, and these awards highlight those caring professionals who show the very best of care and compassion on Nottingham’s wards and maternity suites.
Soon, the judging panel will meet to decide the finalists for each category and on Monday 16 September, the shortlist will be published and open to public vote. The judging panel will be made up of Professor Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, Nottingham Post Editor, Mike Sassi and Adrian Wallace, Chief Executive of Tramlink Nottingham.
As well as deciding the winner of each individual category, the nurse or midwife with the most public votes will receive the ‘Overall Winner’ accolade and have a Nottingham tram named after them for a year.
Professor Mandie Sunderland, Chief Nurse at NUH, said: “The nurses, midwives, HCAs and Nursing Associates at our hospitals and in the community go above and beyond to provide outstanding care for our patients and families on a daily basis and I’m pleased that they can see how much they are valued through these nominations.”
“I look forward to reading through the inspirational nominations, and whilst I shall be reminded once again of what outstanding individuals I have the pleasure of working with, it will be a difficult task to decide our finalists. Each and every nomination really does deserve an award of its own.”
One of the nominations in the Adult Nurse of the Year Award was received by Nicola Freeman, Clinical Educator at the City Hospital Day Surgery Unit. Her nominator said: “Nicola is passionate about patient care as safety as well as improving the environment for all staff so they feel happier & confident in their roles.
“With such a large amount of staff to focus on she has managed to improve training figures almost single-handedly which has increased the safety of all our patients. She is one of the most caring and patient nurses I have come across in my career to date and nothing is ever too much trouble for her.”
Shortlisted finalists will be invited to a special awards ceremony, which will be held on Monday 14 October at Crowne Plaza, where the winners will be announced.
View the list of nominees here.