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Celebrating our staff at the Royal College of Nursing annual awards

23 November 2018

Michelle Moseley award
Michelle Moseley winner of the RCN Wales, Nurse of the Year, Safeguarding Award sponsored by the National Independent Safeguarding Board.

Staff from the School of Healthcare Sciences have been recognised at the 7th Annual Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2018.

The awards are open to all registered nurses, students, midwives and health care support workers in Wales and showcases the great amount of talent in the industry.

Among the winners were Michelle Moseley, a lecturer in Primary Care and Public Health Nursing and Dr Aled Jones, a reader in Patient Safety & Healthcare Quality at Cardiff University, who picked up their RCN Nursing Awards 2018 at a celebration dinner in Cardiff on Wednesday 14 November 2018 which was attended by healthcare professionals across Wales.

The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to offer recognition for nurses who demonstrate excellence in practice. Healthcare professionals can be nominated by peers, patients and the general public in recognition of their dedication and skills. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished nursing leaders.

Michelle Moseley winner of the RCN Wales, Nurse of the Year, Safeguarding Award sponsored by the National Independent Safeguarding Board said ‘I was nominated due to my experience and work in safeguarding, particularly with children and young people. Among other work, I’ve devised a policy for health visitors to aid their response to a Domestic Abuse conference call. I have continued to work closely with health boards in relation to safeguarding and recently undertook a pilot study to evaluate the impact of a change in safeguarding supervision. On top of that, My PhD is an ethnographic study looking at how effective safeguarding supervision is for health visitors working in deprived areas.’

Michelle went on to say ‘The ceremony was so uplifting and inspirational, it really made me feel proud to be nurse in Wales. I am really looking forward to undertaking my research and hopefully this will aid SCPHN Practice in Wales and potentially UK wide’

Dr Aled Jones winner of the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards for Supporting Improvement through Research said ‘I was nominated for my contribution to health research over the last 15 years, which has focussed on patient safety, healthcare quality and staff wellbeing in the NHS. During this time I have led research teams, developed researchers and supervised several PhD, Masters and undergraduate students. Another important area of activity has been translating research into impactful change within the NHS through working with clinical colleagues, patients and the public and policy makers’

Dr Jones stated ‘It felt great to win and it’s offered (a rare) opportunity to reflect and take stock of things. The world of nursing and healthcare research is tremendously challenging at times, but also very rewarding. Therefore, to receive recognition from my peers is a real bonus, especially for doing a job that I enjoy. The award will provide me with lots of motivation to push on!’

Several further awards were picked up, including the following:

  • Kerry Phillips (Midwifery Lecturer) – Joint Winner of the Children and Midwifery Award
  • Nerys Kirtley (Associate Midwifery Lecturer) – Winner of the Mentorship Award
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice Students – Bethan Ingram (Cardiff & Vale Trust) – Winner Advanced and Specialist Nursing Award
  • Charlotte Bloodworth (Cardiff & Vale Trust) – Runner up for Innovation in Nursing Award
  • Cathryn Smith (Primary Care Lecturer) - Joint Runner up for the Older People's Commissioner for Wales Award.

To find out more about the criteria for the awards please visit RCN Wales.

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