Find out more about our Nurse or Midwife Leader of the Year shortlist

Joanna Benson

‘Always putting the wellbeing of children and young people first’

Joanna is a Nurse Specialist at Nottingham Children’s Hospital and has been described as ‘positive, respectful, caring, compassionate and inclusive.

A group of consultant paediatricians submitted their nomination for Joanna and said: “Joanna has positively transformed the patient, family and team experience in paediatric endocrinology since joining us in 2015. Her communication skills set her apart and have enabled development of our team with all people’s wellbeing at its heart.

“We can honestly say that we have not heard a negative comment about her from families or colleagues, which is remarkable. Jo always puts the wellbeing of the child or young person at the centre of care and skilfully helps families to positively support their child and young person through often very challenging and stressful times.”

The group go on to state that on arrival to the team in 2015, she immediately dedicated herself to gaining the knowledge and expertise in a specialty where she had previously had limited experience, and has not stopped since. She completed the National Paediatric Endocrine Nursing Training Course with distinction and has forged links with her endocrine nurse colleagues around the UK, taking part in many national developments.

Joanna has also has recently developed a specialist nurse led clinic to enable children with a rare endocrine condition to access a newly licensed specialist treatment.       

The group added: “We all recognise Jo’s extraordinary contribution to the success of our team”

Vote for Joanna as Nurse or Midwife Leader of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Clare Mayfield

‘Always positive, even when we’re under great pressure’

Clare is Matron of one of the most challenging departments at NUH; the Emergency Department at Queen’s Medical Centre.

Clare Mayfield

Clare’s nominators all share the same admiration and awe towards her ability to lead by example and handling the cauldron of the Emergency Department with such skill. One colleague said: “She encourages staff to be involved with developing themselves and others and to be actively involved in making positive changes to improve the patient and staff experience. 

Another colleague said: “Clare is the most approachable Matron I have ever had the privilege to work with. She is an excellent communicator and endeavours to take her team on the incredibly challenging journey that the Emergency Department can be.

“Clare has the best interests of all of the staff at her heart and she takes time to show all of the staff that she cares about their well-being and development. She has had to make difficult decisions and she has always done this with fairness and compassion.”

On busy days Clare will be seen within the department, talking to patients, offering comfort, performing observations and of course, making cups of tea. Clare also supports the staff.

One of her nominators added: "Clare performs this role whilst supporting her family and her close friends, during some very difficult times. She recognises and promotes ability in others, but is not afraid to have a difficult conversation.

“In my years of experience in the Emergency Department, Clare has proved herself to be the manager that I would aspire to be.”

Vote for Clare as Nurse or Midwife Leader of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Sarah Moppett

‘A refreshing, down to earth approach’

Deputy Chief Nurse Sarah is described as an ‘inspirational leader who is consistently a role model, supporting nurses and midwives at every level of the organisation.’

Sarah Moppett

These are the words of her nominator and close colleague, Laura Skaife-Knight.  Laura said: “No matter how busy Sarah is, she is contactable and available and her 'down to earth' approach is refreshing.

“She has led so many innovations, improvements and achievements over the last year - including leading NUH's best every take-up of the staff flu jab vaccination to ensure the safety of our patients and wellbeing of our staff, NUH's nutrition strategy and safe staffing for the Trust. Sarah also superbly led the Trust's response to managing our critical incidents.”

Sarah has been at NUH for more than 25 years, starting her nursing career in 1992 at City Hospital. Her role has Deputy Chief Nurse is a reflection of her hard work and dedication to nursing and is a popular and very recognisable figure across NUH. Commenting on her time spent at NUH, Sarah said: “I feel proud and privileged to work with so many fantastic colleagues at all levels who remain committed to providing incredible patient centred care, even when times are tough.”

Laura added: “Sarah deserves recognition for all she does and always going above and beyond for her patients and colleagues.”

Vote for Sarah as Nurse or Midwife Leader of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

James Pratt

‘An outstanding role model for nurses’

James is the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) Lead in the Medicinal Divisional Management team and has been nominated for the leadership he brings to the nursing profession within the Trust.

James Pratt

Colleague Alison Dinning describes James is an ‘outstanding nurse leader’.  She said: “James is hugely respected for his skills by doctors, nurses and the wider team. His passion for education shines through and he is one of the best teachers and facilitators I have ever worked with. He is a truly an inspirational role model, promoting and providing outstanding holistic patient care and teaching the future ACP workforce as he goes.

Another nominator said: “James’s leadership, motivation and commitment has made a significant positive impact leading strategic developments for advanced practice, including improvements to training across NUH which has led to more integration amongst the 100-plus ACPs working at the Trust.”

James has been working with partner organisations in Nottinghamshire to standardise the ACP role, providing senior nursing leadership on how we adopt this new framework within NUH.  So James has managed to get local stakeholders from key higher education institutions, as well employers across our health and care systems to agree on the proposals, which is no mean feat.  He’s been instrumental  in ensuring that the masters level training provided for trainee advance clinical practitioners by the university, will use the new framework to enable an ACP workforce that is trained to the same standards across the health and social care system.

The nominator added:  “James is a skilled and compassionate clinician and an inspiring clinical nurse leader, who is making a difference for patients and the development of our services.”

Vote for James as Nurse or Midwife Leader of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!