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Clinical Nurse Specialist Award

Clinical Nurse Specialist Award

Specialist Nurses can be found in all areas of clinical practice. These roles are typified by the use of advanced clinical skills and can include leading, organising and delivering complex care across multi-professions and services.

About the award: This award aims to recognise Specialist Nurses who have applied advance or specialist nursing practice to make an outstanding contribution to patient care, including the introduction of changes that lead to innovative programmes of care.    


Nurses registered on all parts of the NMC register who are:

Working at specialist level in a clinical role within Wales Practising in any sector for example; NHS, Local Authority, Third and Independent sectors  


  • Able to demonstrate that their work relates to a relevant health framework and that the approach to care is commensurate with national policy and strategy within health and social care
  • Through effective leadership able to demonstrate a central contribution to an innovative development that has made a difference to people receiving care
  • Using a credible evidence-base to under pin under their work or the project for which they are being nominated
  • Able to demonstrate a safe governance framework of the service or innovation being described for which they are being nominated
  • Able to demonstrate the impact the work has had on patients, clients, families and colleagues
  • Through service evaluation, patient involvement and / or other means, be able to demonstrate a positive impact