Nottingham’s Chief Nurse up for Clinical Leader of the Year

Nottingham’s Chief Nurse up for Clinical Leader of the Year

Our Chief Nurse, Professor Mandie Sunderland, has been shortlisted for the national Clinical Leader of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to healthcare and improving patient care.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards are the world’s largest and most prestigious healthcare awards, with shortlisted candidates are decided following an extensive judging process.

Mandie – one of the most experienced and respected senior nurses in the NHS – was recognised for being the driving force behind NUH’s recent ‘Outstanding’ for Caring rating by the Care Quality Commission for Nottingham’s two main hospitals; Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital, as well as her track record of improvement and innovation at the Trust.

Eric Morton, NUH Chair, said: “Nottingham is incredibly fortunate to benefit from the unrivalled experience of one of the most respected nurse leaders in the country and further afield. This national recognition for Mandie is well-deserved and testament to the work Mandie does tirelessly to improve the standards of care and quality for our patients and their families.

“NUH’s ‘Outstanding’ rating for Caring earlier this year was in no small part down to Mandie’s inspiring leadership. She is also leading our journey and ambition to become the first ANCC accredited Magnet Hospital in the UK which will bring Nottingham international recognition for care excellence. Healthcare Trusts and organisations from around the UK and world want to visit NUH and Nottingham to find out what is happening and learn from the innovative work we do here with Nursing and Midwifery and what makes Team NUH special, and Mandie is instrumental in why this is so.”

Trish Cargill, Chair of NUH’s Patient Partnership Group, said: “Mandie is a real ambassador for patient experience, always caring and wanting to get the best care for patients, carers and their families. She actively encourages and champions patient and public involvement at NUH and helped to make real changes across our hospitals championed improvements to our menus for patients, the introduction of more flexible visiting times and our Magnet journey to care excellence, all of which were recently recognised by the CQC. There is no one more deserving of this award than Mandie and I wish her luck.”

In 2013, Mandie was named one of the 50 most influential women in the NHS by the Health Service Journal, while in 2018 she was made an Honorary Professor at Nottingham Trent University for her work in education and training, citing her innovative approach and outstanding leadership.

In 2019 to date, Mandie has been recognised with a regional Lifetime Achievement Award at the Parliamentary Awards and was the recipient of the first ever Daisy Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to care excellence and compassion in nursing.

The winners of this year’s HSJ’s Awards will be announced on 6 November, in London.