Congratulations to all the deserving winners at the RCNi Nurse Awards last night in London.
The annual RCNi Nurse Awards are the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolades, recognising nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing for the better.
Scotland had a good night with several finalists and 3 overall winners.
Dementia Nurse Consultant Yvonne Manson from Balhousie Care Group won the leadership award for her outstanding work to transform dementia care in Scotland. Yvonne created a care programme improving quality of life for 700+ residents in 25 care homes.
On receiving the RCNi Leadership Award, Yvonne Manson said: “I’m lost for words, it means the world to have received an RCNi Award. I’m really passionate about care home nursing and I want people to know that you can achieve an excellent nursing career as a carer. I also want to show people the positive side to nursing, which is why I entered these awards.”
Gillian Knowles and the ‘Metastatic Cancer of Unknown Origin Team’ at Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, were crowned winners of the RCNi ‘Cancer Nursing’ award for their outstanding work to improve care for patients diagnosed with cancer of an unknown origin. This is the first team in Scotland to develop a service for patients who are diagnosed with metastatic cancer of unknown primary, who fell outside of existing pathways but had complex care journeys with numerous hospital stays and investigations, and a very poor prognosis.
On receiving the RCNi Cancer Nursing Award, Nurse Consultant Gillian Knowles said: “I really didn’t expect it to win an RCNi Award. We were very lucky that our colleagues put us forward. It’s really brilliant to promote the work that nurses do, and we need to do more of it.”
Lorraine Haining, a Specialist Nurse Practitioner at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, was crowned winner of the RCNi ‘Nursing Older People’ award for her outstanding work in dementia care.
On receiving the RCNi Nursing Older People Award, Lorraine Haining said: “I’m ecstatic to have won an RCNi Nurse Award, I can’t tell you how important this award is and I’m receiving it for a job I love. My team entered me and it was completely unexpected, I was delighted to hear I’d even been shortlisted. I have a fantastic team and I’m standing here with this award thanks to them.”
Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland Director, attended the awards ceremony and said: “Last night we celebrated the best in nursing at the RCNi awards. The NHS’s strongest asset has always been its staff and when better to celebrate and recognise the important role of nursing than on the eve of the NHS’s 70th anniversary. Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners and nominees.”