Nurse of the Year Awards

RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2021

We are thrilled to see the return of the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year awards in 2021.  The pandemic has served to highlight the role of nursing across the whole world. But we have some of the best right here in Wales. COVID-19 has of course presented many unprecedented challenges for everyone, but this year it won't stop us from honouring the incredible work of nursing professionals.

Nine years since the first ceremony, the awards continue to recognise innovation and excellence in practice, acknowledging the outstanding efforts, commitment, and achievements made by the whole of the nursing community across Wales.

Nominated nurses, midwives, nursing students, and health care support workers must demonstrate a passion for their profession and exemplify distinction in care, leadership, service and innovation. Individuals can be nominated for an award by peers, teams, managers, patients and the public.  

This year in the context of COVID-19 we have decided to move the 2021 RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards to a virtual event.  We know you have all been very much looking forward to a face-to-face event in City Hall, and our decision was a difficult one, but it's clear now is not the time to hold these awards face-to-face for a number of factors relating to COVID-19.

We want to reassure you, our virtual event will continue to promote and celebrate the very best of nursing practice in Wales.  The 2021 RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Virtual Awards Ceremony will be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday, 10 November 2021.

Further details about how to view our virtual awards will be shared shortly, in the meantime should you have any queries about the awards, please do not hesitate to contact us via NurseoftheYearAwards@rcn.org.uk or 02920 680746. 


Congratulations to all those that were nominated for an award this year and best of luck to all our finalists!


Watch our Awards highlights video

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These are highly prestigious awards, recognising exceptional standards in nursing. Over the years we have received hundreds of nominations that demonstrate the skills and expertise practised by health care professionals on a daily basis. They each reflect a shared devotion to their patients and to nursing, whatever the year and whatever situation they face. Over the last year COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the profession. All shortlisted contenders will have gone above and beyond in the face of great adversity.

Richard Jones MBE, Chair of RCN Wales Board

 

For further information about the awards, please contact NurseoftheYearAwards@rcn.org.uk

Advanced and Specialist Nursing Award

Sponsored by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

This award aims to recognise nurses undertaking advanced and specialist practice who make an outstanding contribution to patient care, including the introduction of changes that leads to innovative programmes of care.

Children and Midwifery Award

Sponsored by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

This award aims to recognise a Registered Children's Nurse or Registered Midwife who has made an outstanding contribution to care of children, young people or the midwifery care of mothers-to-be/ parent/s.

Improving Individual and Population Health Award

Sponsored by Public Health Wales

This award aims to recognise a nurse or midwife who has made an outstanding contribution to improving individual and/or population health, including the introduction of changes that lead to innovative health improvement or health protection interventions or programmes.



Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

This award aims to recognise a truly exceptional Registered Nurse who is recognised as providing a lasting contribution to the nursing profession.

 


Primary Care Nursing Award

Sponsored by BMA Cymru Wales

This award celebrates the achievements of Registered Nurses who have made an outstanding contribution to the care of people from a primary care perspective.

 






Supporting Improvement through Research Award

Sponsored by Cardiff University

This award aims to recognise and reward quality in nursing and midwifery research, which may be of a preliminary nature e.g. pilot studies, clinical audit or service innovation. 

Care of the Older Person Award

Sponsored by University of Wales Trinity Saint David

This award aims to recognise a Registered Nurse or Health Care Support Worker who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of older people in Wales.


Community Nursing Award

Sponsored by Hywel Dda University Health Board

This award celebrates the achievements of all registrants of the NMC register who have made an outstanding contribution to the care of people in a community-based setting.

 

Innovation and Digitalisation in Nursing Award

Sponsored by Frontier Medical Group

This award is intended to recognise nurses and midwives who have improved the care of people through transformation to deliver and / or influence change. Nominators should provide a clear narrative explaining why and how the transformation was developed or implemented and how the change has improved the experience and outcome of care.

Nurse Education Award

Sponsored by Swansea Bay University Health Board

This award recognises Registered Nurses who have made a significant difference to the development and or delivery of high quality education to those who deliver/ aim to deliver health care.


Registered Nurse (Adult) Award

Sponsored by Powys Teaching Health Board

This award aims to recognise a Registered Nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of adults.





 

Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Nursing Award

Sponsored by Tŷ Hafan

This award aims to recognise a Registered Children’s Nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of children or young people with lifelong and/or life limiting illness.

Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award

Sponsored by Chief Nursing Officer for Wales, Welsh Government

This award will celebrate the contribution of an exceptional nursing or midwifery leader in Wales, who by inspiring others and demonstrating exceptional leadership, has made a significant difference to person centred holistic care.

Health Care Support Worker Award

Sponsored by Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee

This award is open to any Health Care Support Worker who is delegated work directly by a Registered Nurse in any setting, who has demonstrated commitment to providing high standards of nursing care.

Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Award

Sponsored by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

This award aims to recognise an exceptional Registered Learning Disability Nurse or Registered Mental Health Nurse who is being recognised for their innovative and creative approach to the care of people within these specialities.


Nursing Student Award

Sponsored by Health Education and Improvement Wales

This award aims to recognise Nursing/Midwifery students who have shown exceptional promise during their professional education and/or practice placements.

 


Supporting Education and Learning in Practice Award

Sponsored by University of South Wales and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

This award will be made to an outstanding Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife who demonstrates an innate understanding of the importance of effective supervision and assessment of students, supporting high quality learning environments, acts as a role model to and invests in existing and aspiring supervisors/assessors, and who builds and maintains relationships to enable and support this essential role.

Our Sponsors

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RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Alumni Network

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Read about our inspiring previous winners!

Meet our 2019 award winners

Read about our 2018 finalists and take a look at some of the photos from the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2018 ceremony.

Read about our 2017 winners

Page last updated - 13/10/2021