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NUH celebrated as a leading employer for nursing

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has been shortlisted in the Best UK Employer of the Year category in this year’s Nursing Times Workforce Awards.


The Nursing Times Workforce Awards recognise innovative employers that attract, retain and develop nurses and midwives, with this category celebrating those organisations that motivates, inspires and supports its staff at all stages of their career.


NUH’s shortlisted entry highlights the innovative culture change initiatives that have been introduced by the Trust to engage, recognise and develop its workforce. Efforts to provide world-class care were recognised by the CQC in their most recent inspection, and recognised NUH as being Outstanding for Caring.


NUH is on a journey to becoming ANCC Magnet® accredited, an international marker of nursing excellence. The ambition is to become one of the first UK hospitals to be Magnet® accredited, placing NUH as a national and international example of excellent standards of nursing care. NUH’s accreditation documentation is due to be submitted this October, and is the culmination of more than eight years of efforts to promote and evidence outstanding care practices at the Trust. NUH’s Magnet® journey has been made possible through a joint three-year partnership with Nottingham Hospitals Charity, whose significant funding reflects the national impact Magnet® accreditation will have.


As part of this journey, NUH has introduced a range of new initiatives to recognise and celebrate its nursing and midwifery staff. In 2017, the Trust launched the monthly DAISY Award to recognise those going above and beyond in their duties to provide care excellence. The awards are voted by patients, and are presented in a surprise ceremony hosted by NUH’s Chief Nurse, Mandie Sunderland. NUH also hosts an annual Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards, supported by the Nottingham Post and Nottingham Express Transit (NET).

Recognition is just one part of NUH’s strategy to retain and recognise its nursing staff, and to promote world-class care. The Trust also has one of the most advanced Shared Governance programmes in the UK, a leadership model which places decision-making into the hands of frontline staff and was developed with consultation from over 2,500 staff and Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs).

NUH is also focused on the development of its nurses and promoting research-led practice, and has introduced the Chief Nurse Excellence in Care Fellowship Programme, established in 2016.

Since 2016, 22 fellows have completed the Programme, which has led to the development of a number of innovative projects: influencing pathway redesign, reviewing patient experience, and looking at the transition of care between services. Many of these have been received national attention in peer-reviewed academic journals, and some of them awarded national Patient Experience Network Awards (PENNA). The Programme has also been adopted nationally by other NHS organisations.

Professor Joanne Cooper, Assistant Director of Nursing at NUH, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for two Nursing Times Workforce Awards.”

“To be recognised as a leading UK employer for nursing and midwifery is a testament to our commitment to culture change and staff recognition. We are on a journey to nursing excellence and to be a place where staff want to work and where patients choose to come for care and treatment. We are leading on a range of innovative development programmes here at our hospitals to empower, involve and value staff, creating new career opportunities and making improvements in the things that directly impact on patients, families and carers, enabling us to provide world-class care.”

NUH has also been shortlisted in the Best Employer for Staff Recognition category at the Awards, which will be held on Wednesday 25 September at The Brewery, London.