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Nominate a nursing star

Posted on Thursday 10th November 2011
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Has a nurse, midwife, health visitor or healthcare assistant at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle or West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven made a real difference to you or a loved one? Now you can say a huge ‘thank you’ by nominating them for a unique Nursing Standard award.

Launched by the UK’s best-selling nursing journal, Nursing Standard, the Patient’s Choice Award 2012 provides the public with a very special opportunity to highlight and reward outstanding practice within the nursing profession.

Jean Gray, Nursing Standard’s editor-in-chief, said: “Nurses strive to give the best possible care to their patients. Now patients and their loved ones have the chance to put their heartfelt thanks on record. Nursing Standard is delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to recognise and celebrate those nurses from all over the UK who have performed above and beyond the call of duty.”

Chris Platton, Acting Director of Nursing and Quality for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The staff at both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital work hard to provide quality care to our patients. The Patient’s Choice Award presents a good opportunity to recognise this hard work and dedication. I would encourage people to nominate a nurse, midwife, health visitor or healthcare assistant who they feel has gone that extra mile when caring for them.”

To nominate a nurse, midwife, health visitor or healthcare assistant, members of the public can visit www.patients-choice.co.uk or call 020 8423 1066 to request an entry form. The closing date for nominations is 16 December 2011. Everyone who is nominated will receive a certificate to commemorate their achievement.

Last year, Nursing Standard received almost 200 nominations featuring nurses, patients and families from villages, towns and cities throughout the UK for this very special award, which is named in honour of the well known and much loved nurse, journalist and patient’s champion, Claire Rayner, who died in October 2010.

After voting closes, an expert panel of judges will select three finalists. Members of the public will then be invited to vote for the nurse who they believe most deserves the accolade. The winner will receive their award - including a prize of £1,000 - at a prestigious ceremony, held at the Hilton Park Lane in London on 22 March 2012.