Staff from the Critical Care Unit at Southport Hospital are celebrating after being shortlisted for three national awards.
The team has been nominated in two categories of the Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards and one category in the Nursing Times Awards, all for initiatives to support patients’ families and their own staff.
The Nursing Times Award nomination is for the unit’s Pause campaign where staff and families come together for a minute’s silence in memory of patients who sadly die, a move that has been well received by relatives and carers.
Mel Pinnington, Clinical Educator on the Critical Care Unit, said:
“This introduction of a minute’s silence when a patient dies is invaluable in allowing the family to start to grieve and for the staff to process the emotional burden of caring for a patient.’’
In the Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards the team has been nominated in the Best Workplace for Learning and Development category for is senior staff nurse role enhancement programme.
This scheme focuses on developing nursing staff and offering a wide range of opportunities which has been successful in terms of staff engagement and satisfaction levels and also proved invaluable in retaining staff.
The Southport Critical Care team has also been shortlisted in the Best Employer for Staff Recognition and Engagement category for its innovative “What 3 Words’’ campaign.
The team produced a short, informal staff survey using the principle of word association and an idea based on the What3Words app which asked staff to say – in three words – what worked well and what could be done to make their lives better and its innovative approach has been well received.
Mel added: “We are constantly looking at ways to improve the care we deliver to patients and families and support our staff to ensure they feel valued and supported at all times and to be shortlisted for these national awards is fantastic.’’