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Nurses scoop awards

Published: 01/11/2018

Solent NHS Trust is celebrating a double win at the prestigious national Nursing Times Awards, held in London last night (31 October 2018).  Debbie Fudge, Tuberculosis Liaison Nurse, won the Infection Prevention and Control Award and Sharon Simpson, Older Person’s Mental Health Research Nurse, won the Clinical Research Nursing Award.

The Nursing Times Awards bring together nurses and orgasniations from across the profession to celebrate and honor exceptional achievement. This year the annual awards saw thousands of entries across 23 categories.

Debbie was nominated in the Infection Prevention and Control category for her pioneering work in moving tuberculosis (TB) screening into GP surgeries, helping GPs to identify and screen people at risk of latent disease. In the two years the team has screened 1,350 people.  202 of the people screened have received a positive result. Treatment for these people will mean that they are unlikely to get the active disease, and the screening should help to reduce the rate of TB in Southampton.

Meanwhile, Sharon was nominated in the Clinical Research Nursing Award category for the work she has done in introducing research in care homes.  Working with care home staff and families, the research has given a voice to those who are seldom heard. To date, 500 participants have been recruited to a number of different studies. The research in care homes supports our ambition to offer more people more opportunities to be involved in research in the community.   

Sue Harriman, Solent NHS Trust Chief Executive, said: “We are incredibly proud of Debbie and Sharon, and thrilled that they have been recognised and awarded for their dedication, passion and innovation.  The awards are a real accolade and recognition of the commitment both Debbie and Sharon show to patient experience and outcomes. The awards, once again, recognise the leading role we play in community and mental health research and the innovation and passion we demonstrate in out of hospital services.   Huge congratulations and a big thank you!”

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