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CNO Bulletin May 2023


A message from the CNO - Tracey Brigstock

Welcome to May’s edition of the CNO Bulletin.

In what is always a special month for nurses and midwives across the world, colleagues here joined in celebrations for International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day, including the annual parade through Coventry city centre.

Our local celebrations were also a hit, as the traditional presentation of the Florence Nightingale Award was coupled with a first-ever DAISY Leader award.

We’ve also seen our success recognised at the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards, while I’m also thrilled to welcome Vicky Williams to the role of Deputy Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing - Professional Standards.


In This Issue


Nurses and midwives take over Coventry City Centre for annual parade

Our annual celebrations for International Nurses Day were in full swing as colleagues across the Trust showed off their pride at University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross.

An event from our Clinical Sciences Building (CSB) was watched by staff across the Trust, while wards also held their own events to mark one of the biggest celebrations in the calendar for many of our colleagues.

As is tradition, we were able to mark the occasion by presenting the prestigious Florence Nightingale Award to our deserving winner Kate O’Hara, Ward Manager on Ward 33a.

Nurses and midwives from UHCW were also joined by colleagues across the system for a walk through Coventry city centre. This annual event also celebrates International Day of the Midwife with our colleagues from across the region.

Staff in attendance received a fantastic reception from members of the public.

A huge thank you to Michelle Hartanto and Jeanette Mandap for your inspirational involvement in the event at Coventry Cathedral.


Vicky Williams appointed to new Deputy Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing role

Following a successful interim period, I am delighted to announce Vicky Williams has been named Deputy Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing - Professional Standards.

Vicky started at the Trust as a newly-qualified nurse in 1998 and her strong passion for education has seen her take on a number of different roles and become a popular and valued colleague.

She has been Associate Director of Nursing, Research and Education since 2018 and played a key role in supporting the Pathway to Excellence application and the OSCE programme for international nurses.

I’d like to congratulate Vicky and invite everyone to wish her well in her new role.

I am also pleased to say we have also appointed a replacement for Elaine Clarke’s role of Deputy Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Nursing – Care Delivery who will join us towards the end of the summer.


UHCW scoop Silver award at major research and development ceremony

A huge congratulations to Gail Evans, Kerry Read and Maria Truslove for achieving Silver in the Clinical Site Team category at this year’s PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award recognises the incredible work of our Research and Development team in showcasing the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Comprising of three stages, the competition offers a unique opportunity for professionals working within the research fraternity to benchmark their skills against their peers in a friendly learning environment and have them judged by an independent group of high-level industry leaders.

Gail, Kerry and Maria have come through a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) quiz and a showcase presentation demonstrating the innovations that were implemented in Research and Development clinical practice during the Covid-19 pandemic and that have now been carried forward into normal working practices. This was then followed by a Q&A session with the judges.

Congratulations of this remarkable achievement!


Clinical Nurse Specialist Lauren Takes Research Results to Parliament

Heart Valve Clinical Nurse Specialist Lauren Deegan has taken her work to improve things for patients direct to the Houses of Parliament.

Lauren, who has been in her role at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust for two-and-a-half years, is on a panel of heart valve disease experts.

They have been looking at why women with aortic stenosis, where blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta is restricted, are less likely to receive treatment than men.

Their findings and recommendations were presented to MPs via the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women’s Health.

“I jumped at the chance to get involved,” said Lauren, who is joined on the group by Consultant Cardiologists and patients.

“Because men are more likely to have cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, they’re already in the cardiology system which increases chances for valve disease diagnosis.

“Anecdotally, what we found is women will put their symptoms down to old age and are less likely to present to their doctor.

“But when they do go, sometimes the GP will contribute the symptoms to something else and are not always listening to the heart.

“We want to raise awareness because when female patients do get treatment, especially by keyhole transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), their outcomes are actually better than men’s.”

Congratulations Lauren.


‘Excellence in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health, through partnerships in research, practice, education and innovation’

We were so proud to launch the Centre for Care Excellence (CfCE) strategy at the end of March.

Thank you to all those who attended and made the Grand Round such an energy filled event. It was inspiring to hear from all the Professors and Associate Professors within the Centre as to the work that they are doing to improve patient care through Research, Innovation, Practice and Education (the ‘RIPE’ model).

The event was recorded on Teams, so please click to view it here: Microsoft Teams

More information on the CfCE and the new CfCE Strategy can be found here: Centre for Care Excellence - University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (


Aspiring Leadership Programme launching this October

On 2 October 2023, the Aspiring Leadership Programme will be launching another course for any aspiring leader working across maternity.

The course will be delivered via a mix of online and in-person workshops/coaching.

There is 30 places per cohort, and funding for the programme will come from local funding pots, or individuals have the opportunity to pay in instalments. More information can be found on the Healthy You website.


Interdisciplinary Clinical Academic health Research Excellence (iCAhRETM) BRONZE Programme

Do you want to pursue a clinical academic career? If so, the iCAhRE BRONZE programme can help you to get there!

We are committed to delivering high quality research as a means of driving excellent patient care. ‘Research for All’ has been developed to enable UHCW staff to take part in research by providing them with a tailored development programme.  As part of this, we are delighted to launch cohort 5 of the ‘iCAhRETM’ Programme, developed by University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust and delivered by Coventry University to support staff to start to develop their research careers.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The Bronze Programme is aimed at all graduate level staff wishing to pursue clinical academic career development and apply for externally funded further qualifications.

Staff must be eligible to apply to National Institute for Health Research career development pathways:

What does the programme involve?

The programme will build on your undergraduate research knowledge. You will be introduced to the methods and processes involved in clinical research and complete a portfolio to record your clinical research experience. You will undertake study to achieve post-graduate accreditation through the completion of a Masters-level research module.

The theoretical underpinning for research in combination with a “real life” understanding of research in the clinical environment will support and prepare you to develop a career in research.

The programme aims to support you to develop your research ideas and your CV to enable you to apply for external research funding opportunities, there is an expectation that those who complete the course go on to apply to research funding streams, such as the National Institute for Health Research programmes.

How do I find out more?

Book a 30-minute appointment: face to face slots are available between 8.30am-9.30am; 10-11am; 12.15-1.15pm and 2pm-3pm on Thursday 11th May.  Other appointments can be made on request.  Please contact Jackie Kitson (;  Ext: 27020.

Contact: Dr Agnieszka Lewko, Assistant Professor (Research), Research Centre for Healthcare and Communities, Coventry University Please contact her to arrange a meeting on Teams.

Application Process

Places are limited and there is a competitive application process for this programme.  Please complete the application form and submit it to Dr Agnieszka Lewko ( by midnight on Wednesday, 14th June 2023.

If you need help with your application, please speak to the Research & Development team on 24958 or Teams / email: or


Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Demonstrations and EPR Skills Training

We are all working together to make the EPR implementation the most successful transformation programme for UHCW NHS Trust.

Our EPR will transform the way we work, enabling us to provide a joined-up, clinically effective and world class experience to our patients and staff.

Keys to our success will be to make sure all our staff are properly trained, and feel comfortable using EPR before the Go-Live weekend 15th October 2023.

Demonstrations and Roadshows

There are a growing number of demonstration and roadshow events being scheduled. Please visit the EPR Demonstrations page regularly to check for updates, locations and registration information.


EPR Skills Training Available Beginning 5th June 2023

We are pleased to announce that EPR Skills Training will be available to book from 5th June, 2023. EPR Skills Training will be completed in a blended approach, utilising E-Learning and Classroom sessions:

  • E-Learning availability starts in June.
  • Classroom sessions begin 24th July and continue to Go-Live.
  • Classroom sessions will be concentrated during weekdays, but also offered at weekends and at night.
  • Staff can book at both University Hospital and Hospital St Cross Rugby.

The EPR training team have installed an intuitive Learning Management System (LMS) where E-Learning modules can be located, and line managers can book their teams into classroom sessions. The LMS will be available week commencing 5th June. Check this page for updates.

If you have questions about the training schedules, booking system, or other enquiries, contact


Mary Jane Oca receives our inaugural DAISY Leader Award

A huge congratulations to Glaucoma Specialist Nurse Practitioner Mary Jane Oca on receiving our very first DAISY Leader Award.

“Mary Jane is exceptional,” her moving nomination started.

“The dedication that she gives into her job is always 110%. She always goes above and beyond to make sure her staff are happy and safe in the workplace.

“UHCW is lucky to have her. I am one of many staff that is proud to say we have the best manager in at the Trust!”

A huge congratulations on such a deserving award!


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