The achievements of local nurses, healthcare assistants, midwives and allied health professionals have been celebrated at a special event in Scunthorpe.
Around 100 health professionals from across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) attended a Best Practice Day held at Scunthorpe’s North Lindsey College.
The aim of the event was to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, as well as highlight the dedication and innovation of local staff.
Professor Mark Radford, director of nursing (improvement) at NHS Improvement was the guest speaker. His remit covers workforce, quality improvement and governance. On the day he spoke about how the NHS pulls together in times of crisis such as the terror attacks on London and Manchester in 2017 and on a day-to-day basis
Talking about the Best Practice Day he said: “It was great to be invited and be a part of the Trust’s celebrations to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday. It was also fantastic to hear about the fantastic work being done by staff.”
As part of the day, staff from the Trust’s hospitals and community services showcased some of the work they are doing, including: sepsis specialist nurse Adele Lloyd; clinical psychologist Dr. Paul Hollett talked about the importance of sleep in rehabilitation and neonatal staff nurse Keeley Greensmith who discussed the importance of making memories for bereaved parents.
Chief nurse Tara Filby said: “The event was a fabulous opportunity to celebrate the successes achieved and to discuss future plans and developments. The event took me back to the days when I dreamed of being a nurse and wanted nothing more than to help people. I am extremely proud to work with such an amazing group of people.”
Delegate Eleanor Smith, deteriorating patient nurse, said, “It’s the first time I’ve ever been to the annual best practice day and I think it was great. It’s allowed me to better understand the many different job roles within nursing and across NLaG. I’ve learned a lot from the speakers – in particular therapy and maternity – about what they do.”
Marion Lewis, infection prevention control nurse, said, “Mark Radford’s presentation was a highlight. He was inspirational and motivational with some of his comments. Every one of us is valuable and the NHS wouldn’t function without every one of us pulling together. I’ve worked in the NHS for more than 30 years and people should not say that they’re “just” a nurse when they’re much more than that.”
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