Surgical Nursing - Nursing Times Awards
Nurses working in the perioperative environment care for patients at their most vulnerable. Surgery is a daunting prospect for most people, and nurses are the professionals they rely on not only for clinical skills but also to offer psychological support and to act as advocates to those under general anaesthesia.
This award is open to individuals and teams working in the NHS or independent sector in any aspect of perioperative care. Entrants must demonstrate clear benefits of their initiative, for example in better use of resources, reduced length of hospital stay or improved patient experience.
Examples might include initiatives to:
- Improve pre-operative assessment and patient preparation
- Reduce cancellations
- Improve patient safety in the surgical department
Each entry will be judged against the following criteria:
- Innovation: originality of the idea
- Value: impact of the initiative on patient care and/or service effectiveness
- Patient focus: evidence that patient/service user need was central to the work
- Collaboration: evidence of the involvement of other professionals, services and/or patients in the project
- Clinical effectiveness: data demonstrating how this initiative drives clinical enhancements
- Leadership: evidence of entrants championing their innovation in their organisation or more widely
- Adaptability: ideas that could be adapted for use elsewhere in entrants’ organisations or other organisations
- Sustainability: initiatives that can be embedded within organisations to operate without the input of the people who developed them