The winners of this year’s Nursing Times Awards have been revealed during a virtual ceremony held on Wednesday.
Our winners were announced during a free, virtual event broadcast online from 4pm on Wednesday 18 November 2020, which you will soon be able to watch back.
“I think it’s safe to say that these awards for 2020 are even more special in a number of ways”
On the day, we revealed the winners of 23 categories, including Rising Star, Nurse Leader of the Year, Team of the Year and many more to celebrate different specialties and settings.
Unique for 2020, we renamed our nurse of the year category as the Florence Nightingale Nurse of the Year, in order to mark 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.
The big winner was Company Spectrum Community Health, with nurses from the Wakefield-based community interest company scooping two of the day’s most high-profile awards.
Lyndsey Bibby won the Rising Star category, while Helen Bishton was named Florence Nightingale Nurse of the Year.
Spectrum Community Health provides prison healthcare and substance misuse services and is no stranger to the awards. Its Karen Jordan won the title of Nurse Leader of the Year category at the Nursing Times Awards for 2016.
In addition, we announced the recipient of the 2020 Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Lifetime Achievement to celebrate the work of a particularly influential member of the profession.
This year, which also happens to be the 30th anniversary of the Nursing Times Awards, the CNOs chose Dr Peter Carter as their winner of the lifetime achievement award, which is sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing.
A mental health nurse by background, he is probably best known for his nine year tenure as the RCN’s chief executive and general secretary, between 2007 and 2015.
Subsequently, he has chaired two health service trusts in Kent. He was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list.
The CNOs praised his career achievements in a message specially recorded for the event, which was followed by an acceptance speech from Dr Carter himself.
The event, which was hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, also included recorded messages by the UK’s four CNOS and from Annette Kennedy, president of the International Council of Nurses.
His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, also thanked the profession for its work in a video marking his ongoing partnership with Nursing Times on the Integrated Approaches to Care category.
This year, the award was won by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for its health independent sexual violence advisor service.
Editor of Nursing Times, Steve Ford, said: “The annual Nursing Times Awards showcase the innovation and best practice of nurses and midwives across the UK, providing an opportunity to celebrate and share all that is good about the nursing profession.
“But I think it’s safe to say that these awards for 2020 are even more special in a number of ways.
“Over the past 12 months, we have seen the incredible work of nursing staff highlighted globally, first by the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife that marks 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, and then, by the massive challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Covid-19 has tested the profession probably like no other crisis, with nurses demonstrating their expertise, skill and innovation, whatever their specialty or setting.
“So, this year more than ever, congratulations to our winners at the 2020 Nursing Times Awards!”
Here is the full list of 2020 Nursing Times Awards winners:
Cancer Nursing – The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Nurse-led telephone triage and its impact on achieving the prostate cancer best practice pathway
Care of Older People – My Home Life Charity, National social care WhatsApp support group – supporting social care through the Covid-19 pandemic
Children’s Services – St Nicholas Hospice Care, Life’s questions
Clinical Research Nursing – Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Engaging NHS staff in the delivery of clinical research to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic
Continence Promotion and Care – Bladder and Bowel UK and ERIC, Help at school – a partnership approach to providing guidance and practical support
Emergency and Critical Care – Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust, A virtual video tour to alleviate relatives fear of the unknown during restrictions of visiting through the Covid-19 pandemic
Enhancing Patient Dignity – NHS Blood and Transplant, Enhancing the dignity of paediatric organ donors and their families
Florence Nightingale Nurse of the Year– Helen Bishton, Spectrum Community Health CIC
HRH Integrated Approaches to Care – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health independent sexual violence advisor service
Infection Prevention and Control – Taurus Healthcare, Super green clinic for shielding patients in Herefordshire
Learning Disabilities Nursing – Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Let’s talk about domestic violence and abuse; a discreet and accessible resource to support people with learning disabilities
Managing Long-term Conditions – Spectrum Community Health CIC, Introducing haemodialysis in a prison setting
Nurse Leader of the Year – Lieutenant Jenny Dyson, HM Forces – Joint Hospital Group South East
Nursing in Mental Health – Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, ChatHealth
Nursing in the Community – Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Reaching the unreachable – a holistic approach to HCV, homelessness and liver disease in the community
Patient Safety Improvement – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health response to victims of domestic abuse/violence during Covid-19
Promoting Patient Self-Management – Barts Health NHS Trust, Shared care in haemodialysis: a path to independence
Respiratory Nursing – Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Yellow lanyard – respiratory skills team
Rising Star – Lyndsey Bibby, Spectrum Community Health CIC
Surgical Nursing – Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Early nurse led mobilisation and discharge in elective enhanced recovery
Team of the Year – Marie Stopes UK, Innovation during a crisis
Technology and Data in Nursing – NHS Wales, The national transformation of nursing documentation