Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust workers nominated for Nursing Times award

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Two nurses from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have reached the final of a prestigious national award.

Adam Hayward, Practice Development Matron - Dementia, and Shantell Miles, Practice Development Matron, have both been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards 2014.

Adam and Shantell have been recognised in the Enhancing Patient Dignity category for their work to improve the care provided to some of the most vulnerable elderly patients across the Trust.

The project, called Enhancing Patient Support in Acute Hospital Settings, enables hospital staff to therapeutically engage with patients experiencing confusion at their bedsides.

It combines structured guidelines with practical resources and a targeted training programme to help staff deliver the best quality care to some of the most vulnerable patients. This helps improve patient experience, enables closer working with carers and families and channels resources to where they are most needed.

Adam, who has worked at the Trust for nine years, said: “We are really very excited to be announced as finalists. This work will continue to enable ward staff to improve the way we care for our most vulnerable patients. Receiving national recognition for all the hard work is the icing on the cake.”

Adam and Shantell will find out if they are winners on Wednesday 29 October 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Susan Bowler, Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at the Trust, said: “I am extremely proud of Adam and Shantell for reaching the final shortlist of the Nursing Times Awards - especially as more than 700 entries were received for this year’s awards.

“Their hard work, dedication and commitment to nursing deserves to be recognised on a national stage and I wish them the very best.”