Nominations open for annual Nightingale Awards

Nominations for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Nightingale Awards are now open.

The annual awards recognise the hard work and dedication of nursing and midwifery staff at The James Cook University Hospital, the Friarage Hospital and local community hospitals and health services.

Members of the public, patients and staff are all encouraged to shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond every day to provide exceptional care by submitting a nomination before Friday, March 15.

Following the nomination process, South Tees will announce the winners at a special awards ceremony held at Teesside University around the time of Florence Nightingale’s birthday in May.

Nurse consultant Sarah Callaghan said: “We are thrilled to open the nominations once again for our Nightingale Awards.

“Please join us in saying thank you to our remarkable nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives by nominating them for a Nightingale Award – I can’t begin to express just how much it means to those who are nominated.”

Bernadette Johnson, nurse consultant for acute medicine and urgent care and clinical director for the Friarage, added: “Our nursing and support staff across the organisation work continuously to improve the patient journey and improve services.

“Whether it’s an individual who has gone that extra mile to make a patient’s hospital stay more comfortable or a team who has gone the extra mile to improve the service they deliver, we would love to hear who you think deserves this special award.”

The categories this year are:

  • Student nurses/midwives
  • Practice assessors
  • Healthcare assistants / maternity care assistants / assistant practitioners
  • Registered nurses /midwives
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Teams
  • Therapeutic care volunteers
  • Military registered nurses /healthcare assistants who have distinguished themselves clinically whilst working in the trust as part of the
  • Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU)
  • Matrons Award
  • Friends of the Friarage Award – for an exceptional team or individual working at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton

At last year’s Nightingale Awards Jenna Lawler, who works in James Cook’s neonatal unit, won the Overall Nightingale Award for her exemplary nursing care.

When presented her award, she said: “The Nightingale Award presentation was overfilled with inspiration, compassion and celebrations of outstanding nursing care. Being part of the day was lovely but to get the Sister and Overall Nightingale Award was amazing.”

Visit to submit your nomination before Friday, March 15.