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Lifetime achievement award for Team NUH’s Chief Nurse

The Chief Nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) – one of the most experienced and respected senior nurses in the NHS has won the regional Lifetime Achievement category in the Parliamentary Awards and will represent Nottingham at the national finals next month.

Professor Mandie Sunderland has over three decades’ experience of senior nursing experience and was the driving force behind NUH’s recent ‘Outstanding’ for Caring rating by the Care Quality Commission for Nottingham’s two main hospitals; Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital.

Mandie has been shortlisted for this national award from 600 nominations received via MPs across the country.

Tracy Taylor, NUH’s Chief Executive, said:

Mandie is a highly-respected nurse leader with a proven track record of improvement and innovation. She has put Nottingham on the map for care excellence and is an influencer in her field both regionally, nationally and internationally. Mandie led the implementation of the new Nursing Associate role across the East Midlands collaborative – and NUH is the largest pilot in the country for this role. She is also leading our journey and ambition to become the first ANCC accredited Magnet Hospital in the UK which will bring Nottingham international recognition for care excellence. Healthcare Trusts and organisations from around the UK and world want to visit NUH and Nottingham to find out what is happening and learn from the innovative work we do here and what makes Team NUH special, and this is in no small part down to Mandie.

Trish Cargill, Chair of NUH’s Patient Partnership Group, said:

Mandie is an inspiration not only to nurses and Team NUH, but patients and carers. She supports and involves us in true partnership to help make real changes across the hospitals, including our Memory Menus, changes to visiting times and our Magnet journey to care excellence. Mandie is a true ambassador for patient and public involvement which was recognised recently by the CQC. I couldn't think of anyone who is more deserving of this award than Mandie.

Mandie has a clinical background in critical care and education and has national experience working at the Department of Health. NUH is her fifth Chief Nurse position, where she is responsible for leading 5,500 nurses and midwives.

She said:

I’m really surprised and honoured to be recognised in this way. I’ve been a nurse all my life and never regretted it for a minute. Leading nurses is a privilege.

In 2013, Mandie was named one of the 50 most influential women in the NHS by the Health Service Journal, while in 2018 she was made an Honorary Professor at Nottingham Trent University for her work in education and training, citing her innovative approach and outstanding leadership.

About her current role, Mandie said:

Our journey towards nursing and midwifery excellence and the Magnet recognition in Nottingham is rewarding and the changes we’re seeing in our culture and practices that sets NUH apart is really exciting.

The winners of the NHS Parliamentary Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 10 July.