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Our Commitment to Caring - 2nd Annual Nursing & Midwifery Conference

Nursing Conference 2

Hundreds of nurses and midwives came together on Monday to celebrate the launch of the recently developed valuesand behavioural framework which is being introduced to ensure a consistent caring approach by all our 5,000 nurses and midwives.

Last year our nurses and midwives developed their core values and commitments to deliver great care with dignity and compassion.  During 2013 they have developed a behavioural framework to ensure the delivery of those values and to support them in holding each other to account.

This framework was launched at the 2nd Annual Nursing & Midwifery Conference on Monday 2nd September, "The Art and the Science of Nursing and Midwifery practice" by Chief Nurse Gill Heaton.

Gill said, "I am absolutely delighted to be able to launch this framework which supports the delivery of the National Nursing and Midwifery Strategy 6 Cs (Compassion, Courage, Communication, Competency, Commitment and Care) but even more importantly has been developed involving over 4,000 of our staff so far.

"Delivering care with dignity and compassion is a fundamental part of everything we do and I am proud to work alongside nurses and midwives as we implement this framework which will impact on our patients' experience across all hospitals and community services."

Also announced on the day were the six winners of our own internal GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards.  These are new awards which have been introduced to recognise our nursing and midwifery colleagues across the organisation.  The awards focus on our organisation's values - there will be one winner for each of the values ie. respect, dignity, compassion, consideration, empathy and pride. One of these winners was also presented with the Chief Nurse Award.

Our organisation is committed to ensuring that our patients receive not only the best clinical treatment, but the best experience of the care surrounding this.  Patients place their trust in nurses and midwives at a time when they are most vulnerable.  Nurses and midwives have a responsibility to uphold that trust and confidence and to ensure that the care we provide is based on a shared set of values, clinically excellent and contribute to an excellent experience.

In such a busy and complex environment it can be a real challenge for nurses and midwives to provide high quality clinical care and a personalised service but it is one which nurses and midwives raise to every day.

Full list of Going the Extra Mile Winners

Lindy Gee - overall, winner of the Chief Nurse Award

Paul Sinnott won the MRI Nurse Fellowship Award - presented by Martin Johnson President of the MRI Nurses' Fellowship

Emma Lane and Victoria Holmes won the Sodexo Dignity Award presented By Phil Jones Site Manager for Sodexo

Royal Eye Hospital Ward won Best Poster Award presented by Helen Bevan Head of NHS Improving Quality Team

Siobhan Doolan and Fiona Geiger won Best Arts contribution to the day - Preented By Gill Heaton

The Research Team led by Gail Woodburn won the BEST Science contributions on the day - Presented by Gill Heaton