Dr Matthew Hodson MBE, Virgin Care’s Chief Nurse, has said Nurses Day (Saturday 12 May 2018) is a time to recognise the diversity of the profession and come together to celebrate success and share the joy of nursing.
Since joining in February 2016 Matthew says he has seen how a number of the organisation’s inspirational, incredible nurses across England work to deliver outstanding care.
He said: “In two years, I’ve seen and heard some fantastic examples of compassion in practice and how colleagues have embraced and brought to life our values by striving for better, delivering heartfelt service and all underpinned by a team spirit for better care so that everyone feels the difference.”
Matthew says he’s seen how nurses in East Staffordshire have played a key role in the dedicated Frailty Team which is supporting elderly patients arriving at A&E avoid being admitted to hospital. He also had special praise for the hundreds of nurses across the NHS who went above and beyond to ensure local people continued to receive the care they needed when the country was hit with snowy weather and freezing temperatures in March.
The organisation’s Feel the Difference Fund – a ring fenced £100,000 pot of money invested each year in ideas for projects submitted by frontline colleagues – has empowered nurses to improve the services. Examples of projects which have been funded include a new national falls prevention scheme called ‘6 steps to prevent falls’; the fund has also helped a nurse set up a new support group for people living in Bath and North East Somerset who have had a stroke.
Colleagues including nurses were also recognised throughout the year for their dedication and hard work implementing projects in the whole range of services which Virgin Care runs.
Virgin Care’s nurses were recognised at Surrey Heath’s Making a Difference Awards, picking up a number of awards including one which was voted on by members of the public.
Matthew continued: “However you are spending Nurses Day, whether it’s at work with colleagues or on a well-deserved day off, take a few minutes out to reflect on who’s made a difference and inspired you to become a nurse.
“Being a nurse can mean doing many things; nursing is such a diverse profession with a variety of roles across many different specialisms.
“This year we’re pleased to have started to think about the workforce of the future too, and it has been fantastic to see more people join our Assistant Practitioner course – our nursing family of tomorrow.”
Matthew continued: “This week across Virgin Care our nurses continue to work as normal ensuring that they are delivering a quality compassionate service to people who use them ensuring that everyone feels the difference in our services.
“Every month we celebrate colleagues who’ve really stood out for delivering great care. Members of the public can now nominate nurses and other colleagues in our services – whether clinical or not – who they think deserve recognition online at www.virgincare.co.uk/awards.”
Brian Kinsella is Clinical Lead and Clinical Nurse Continence Specialist in East Staffordshire. Over the last 18 months, Brian and Learning Disability Nurse Steph Brinklow, have been visiting care and assisted living homes together, educating staff about continence issues and helping to change the lives of people they care for.
Carmen has been with Virgin Care since the company began its partnership with the NHS in the area in May 2017, stepping up from nurse practitioner to clinical lead nurse a little over 12 months ago. She works across the Skelmersdale and Ormskirk sites, splitting her time between clinical practice and managerial work.
Adele Dick is a healthcare assistant at dermatology centres in Grimsby and Scunthorpe. She was nominated for a Feel the Difference award by her area manager for her unwavering cheerful demeanour.
Anna Dobie is locality business support manager for Wiltshire Children’s Services. As part of a wider transformation project which started this year she helped form a new Single Point of Access team for all children’s services across the region. She was nominated for a Feel the Difference award for her positive management during this challenging transition.