Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has announced some of its nursing stars at a celebration event which took place on Friday (4 May) to recognise the outstanding contribution to nursing across the district.

The Kate Granger, Compassion in Practice award, was revealed by Chris Pointon. Chris is the husband of the late Kate Granger and together they cofounded the ‘Hello My Name Is…’ campaign following Kate’s diagnosis of terminal cancer in 2013. The campaign, aimed at everyone across health care settings, has now been rolled out in hundreds of NHS institutions across the UK and in other countries.

The winner of the award, given for making a positive difference to patient care and going above and beyond by demonstrating their compassion in practice, was Louise Parker, District Nurse Team Leader with the Bingley District Nursing team.

About her nomination, her team said: “Care and compassion is something that comes naturally to Louise, she is one of the kindest nurses we have had the privilege of working with and regularly receives positive feedback from other patients to members of the team.

“She is warm, caring and has the ability to win both patients’ and staff’s trust and respect. Her communication skills are second to none, she can interact effectively will all individuals and has a natural skill in talking to people and putting people at ease.”

The awards also saw Kelly Sayer, Staff Nurse on Clover ward at Lynfield Mount Hospital, come a close second.

Kelly was nominated for being “an excellent asset to the team and her communication and interaction skills with patients is always amazing.”

Also on the day were awards for mentor of the year, student of the year and excellence in student support. The awards recognised the outstanding contribution to supporting learning in practice and the contributions student’s make to the Trust whilst on placement.

Taking home the winner’s title for mentor of the year was Rene Johnson, Community Staff Nurse with the Hillside Bridge District Nursing team. Rene was nominated for the award by one of her students for being supportive, full of respect and compassion and is described as a role model for the nursing career.

Student of the year went to Lucy Vinter, a student mental health nurse working with the research and development team and Oakburn ward at Lynfield Mount Hospital. Lucy was nominated for working well on the ward, settling in straight away and ‘rolling her sleeves up and getting involved.’

The Craven Community Mental Health team was also given the award for excellence in student support. They were nominated by one of their students for welcoming them into the team, being supportive and helping the student grow in confidence.

Jackie Smith, Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, attended on the day and took part in a question and answer session with delegates.

The nursing celebration event is an annual event which gets together nurses from various services at Bradford District Care Trust and celebrates the innovative, compassionate and award-winning care that is provided across the district.