Sep 15, 2017
This week Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust celebrated the launch of the Nightingale Nurse Award, a new professional award to recognise its most outstanding nurses.
Named in honour of the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale, who established her first nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1959, the award is unique to the Trust.
We supported the Nightingale Nurse Award as well as the Nightingale Academy, which was launched in 2016 to provide a platform for innovation, practice and service development in clinical nursing and midwifery. The launch event took place at St Thomas’ on Wednesday 13 September, which was attended by over 200 nurses, and included a procession of the Florence Nightingale lamp, on loan to the Trust from the Florence Nightingale Museum.
“I am so proud of our Nurses and Midwives here at Guy’s and St Thomas’. They do fantastic work day in, day out, and always put our patients first. To be able to recognise our most outstanding Nurses and Midwives with the Nightingale Nurse Award is incredibly important, and helps us build on our reputation as one of the best places to work as a nurse or midwife”, said Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
The Nightingale Nurse Award includes the completion of a work based learning module and will give staff the opportunity to start or complete their master’s programme. On completion they will be honoured with the title of being a ‘Nightingale Nurse’. The first awards will be made to staff in May 2018, and the project is supported by King’s College London.
The Nightingale Nurse Award is part of the Nightingale Academy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ which was launched in 2016 to provide a platform for innovation, practice and service development in clinical nursing and midwifery.
Our Chief Executive, Kieron Boyle, commented: “Nurses and midwives are fundamental to the care delivered to millions of people across the NHS. We are delighted to back the launch of this award by our partners at the Trust to recognise excellence in its ranks and support their professional growth.”