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Solent NHS Trust ‘Nurse of the Year’ award on Nurses’ Day 2021

Solent NHS Trust has announced the winner of its 2021 Nurse of the Year Award.

Angela Anderson, Associate Nurse Director, was presented with the award on the first day of Solent NHS Trust’s Nurses’ Day celebrations, following a ceremonial service at St Margaret’s Church in Wellow where Florence Nightingale is buried.

The award gave patients and Solent colleagues the opportunity to recognise those who really make a difference and is part of Solent NHS Trust’s celebration of International Nurses Day 2021.

Angela qualified as a nurse in 1988 and is trained in both adults and children’s nursing. She has worked in a variety of hospital and community children’s services, and most recently has taken on the role of Clinical Director for the four large-scale vaccination centres across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The panel, which was made up of people from the community, selected Angela for her outstanding nurse leadership, passion, compassion, and dedication to nursing.

On receiving the award, Angela said: “I am absolutely over the moon to have won Nurse of the Year – it is a real honour and a moment I will never forget. Being a nurse is such a privilege and has been a central part of my life for over 36 years. It is such a rewarding profession and has helped to shape me as a person. I have met some wonderful patients and families and have worked with some amazing people.”

Solent NHS Trust Chief Nurse Jackie Ardley said: “We are very fortunate to have some incredible people working within Solent. The panel read through many outstanding nominations and it was such a difficult decision to choose a winner.

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the winner – Angela Anderson – who is a real credit to the nursing profession and to Solent NHS Trust. Angela embodies what nursing is about and her passion for nursing, and making a difference, really shines through.

“Our Nurses’ Day celebrations this year have been very special. After such a challenging year, it has been wonderful to be able to celebrate the exceptional people we have in Solent and, together, share our immense gratitude. All our nurses and the entire Solent team, like everyone working in the NHS, have shown unwavering dedication and commitment to patients, services users and each other throughout the pandemic.

“We had 13 nurses shortlisted for the award, and just to be shortlisted is such a great achievement. All the nominees should be incredibly proud of themselves.”

All nurses, both registered and non-registered and working in Solent services, were eligible for a nomination. To watch Angela's nomination video, click here: https://vimeo.com/548362270  

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