Hywel Dda Nursing Team’s Night of Success at RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2016

It was a night of success for the Hywel Dda nursing team with three winners and two runners up at this year’s RCN Wales Nurse of Year Awards 2016.
These annual awards celebrate nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice, a passion for the nursing profession and exemplify distinction in care, leadership, service and innovation.
Huge congratulations go to Jane James, Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist, named the winner of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Award, Linzi Shone, Senior Ward Sister on Ystwyth ward at Bronglais Hospital won the Registered Nurse (Adult) Award and there was a hat-trick with Jacqueline Jones winning the Community Nursing Award.
Also up on the night were Margaret Meleady, Clinical Lead Theraputic Day Services, for the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Award and Sarah Jones, Senior Research Nurse and Dr Helen Trench, Research Nurse for the Research in Nursing Award.
Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, Bernardine Rees OBE said: “I am incredibly proud of the work our nursing team do every day for our patients and for them to be rewarded at a prestigious national awards ceremony is fantastic.
“The work that Jane, Linzi, Jacqueline, Margaret, Sarah and Helen have done over the years has made an incalculable difference to the health and wellbeing of their patients and I hope their success becomes an inspiration for all our nurses.”
Read on to find out more about the fantastic work of the winners and runners-up:


Community Nursing Award – Winner – Jacqueline Jones, School Nurse

Jacqueline works in the Carmarthenshire School Nursing Team that looks after 12 mainstream secondary schools, two special schools, two private schools and 105 primary schools.
Jacqueline’s warm, approachable and professionalism convinced the judging panel that the children she works with benefit hugely from these qualities.
Jacqueline’s work is based on sound evidence and has been evaluated and reported on a national level. Due to its simplicity the panel were excited about how it can be effectively transferred across a range of settings and health and social care situations.
Her passionate, highly motivated approach to her job and team was described by the panel as “inspirational”. Jacqueline’s developmental approach means she is now thinking about ways to engage future generations and colleagues in healthcare and how to promote her idea across Wales and beyond.


Registered Nurse (Adult) Award – Winner – Linzi Shone, Senior Ward Sister (Ystwyth Wales, Bronglais Hospital)

Linzi was recognised the awards panel for striving to foster a positive learning environment in which staff can develop their skills and learn from one another, using evidence-based care to teach and support her team to provide a high standard of patient care.
Encouraging her staff to attend monthly research meetings, Linzi is keen to support stroke research trials on the ward. Her excellence is further demonstrated by the ward’s success in a recent international, nursing-led interventional study, where it has been recognised by the trial co-ordinators as one of the best performing stroke units taking part in the UK.
The awards panel highlighted that Linizi demonstrated qualities of an outstanding leader in the context of working on a high-pressured medical ward with a hyperacute stroke unit. She has led on research and transformational practice, contributing to the advancement of nursing and health care in the UK.
Linzi has facilitated innovative staff roles to enable nurses to be freed-up for focusing on patient care, always striving to improve her knowledge, and that of her team. She is a passionate advocate for nurses, having been involved in recruitment for Hywel Dda UHB and NHS Wales.


Clinical Nurse Specialist Award – Winner – Jane James, Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist

Jane James has been a Tissue Viability Clinical Nurse Specialist for 16 years and has led the tissue viability team for the last 10 years in delivering a nurse led service to patients in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
She has played a key role in helping standardise practice across Wales by assisting with the development of the national pressure damage investigation tool for pressure damage and she works tirelessly to embed these standards into practice.
Jane has also led on the development of a dressings’ formulary within Hywel Dda UHB and has contributed to the work to introduce a non-prescription delivery of dressings via shared services. There has been an annual reduction in the number of pressure ulcers being reported in the health board.
Jane is well respected within the national tissue viability community and was a founder member of the All Wales Tissue Viability group; and has been both chair and vice chair of this group. She is a leader who is conscientious, dynamic and innovative. She is an excellent role model and leads by example, and is committed to sharing her knowledge with others.


Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Award – Runner Up – Margaret Meleady, Clinical Lead Therapeutic Day Services

Margaret has over 32 years’ experience of working in mental health services in England and Wales, which spans a range of service settings and over the past seven years has developed the Therapeutic Day Service in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. This service provides a range of psychologically informed interventions and therapies across a range of sites across the three counties in an attempt to provide intensive support for people experiencing mental health related problems, offering alternatives to inpatient care.
Margaret’s rigorous development of this service has seen her use a combination of expertise from her own colleagues, the views of clients and her own powerful advocacy in order to create a service that provides meaningful interventions on a seven-day-a-week basis. From the outset Margaret identified the need to select, develop and support staff with leadership potential in order for them to develop and then maintain the service themselves. As well as this, the service provides training and consultation to other mental health teams on a regular basis and Margaret has shared her expertise to wider audiences by presenting extensively on this subject.


Research in Nursing Award - Runners Up – Sarah Jones, Senior Research Nurse and Dr Helen Tench, Research Nurse (Bronglais Hospital) (Photo of Dr Helen Tench)

Sarah Jones, Clinical Trials Nurse, and Helen Tench, Research Nurse, were named runners up in the ‘Research in Nursing’ category at this year’s RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2016 for their efforts to educate and engage all nursing staff in research and make it an interesting and captivating concept.
Their work involves stroke research and every other discipline within the hospital. Sarah and Helen have made a significant contribution to the creation of a research culture in a rural environment. By engaging staff in research they have successfully achieved collaborative working on a study of early stroke management. A key outcome of this initiative has been to further engage the multidisciplinary team in research-based activity in every day practice.
Sarah said: “It was an honour to have been nominated and selected as finalists. Helen and I are delighted to have recognition for the work we do.
“We’re specialists in research and use our knowledge to support and enthuse nurses and clinicians. We’re hopeful that in the future research will become embedded as standard patient care.”

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