Nurses and ICT staff recognised in national awards

Nurses and ICT staff from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) have been shortlisted for two national awards following their work in research and caring for patients with learning disabilities.

The nurses have made the list in the Clinical Research Nursing category and Learning Disabilities Nursing category of the Nursing Times Awards.

The Trust has been acknowledged for developing its clinical research since the establishment of the Clinical, Academic, Research and Innovation, Environment (CARE) research model in 2013 which has four levels of research activity each with metrics to demonstrate the level each project is working to.

Associate Director of Nursing, Gillian Arblaster, said: “We are really pleased to be shortlisted. Since establishing CARE in 2013, it has allowed us to hold our research to a specific benchmark of quality and to easily monitor the progress.

“We have also made a number of partnerships with universities and have appointed many clinical academics to help us achieve our research goals.”

The Trust has also been shortlisted for the development of an electronic alert that contacts specific staff members who can help with the care of a patient with learning disabilities when they come into hospital.

The alert also provides the team with relevant documents and useful information to help make their experience better. This was developed with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT).

Practice Facilitator, Karen Mogan said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. It’s great to be acknowledged by the wider nursing community but most importantly to raise the profile of the importance of delivering world class care to patients who also have a learning disability.

“The development of our bespoke electronic alert was only possible due to the effective co-ordination and team working of a number of different departments and individuals at UHCW and CWPT.”

Chief Nursing Officer, Mark Radford said: “It is fantastic to be acknowledged for the amazing work we are doing to care for vulnerable patients and to develop the future of nursing and the NHS through high-quality research.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London on October 26.