St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust marked International Nurses’ Day on Friday 10th May with the trust’s annual nursing awards.

Awards were presented for Nurse of the Year, Midwife of the Year, Healthcare Assistant of the Year and Mentor of the Year. All award nominees were put forward by fellow colleagues for their outstanding contribution to nursing practice over the last year.

This year’s special guest was Caroline Alexander, chief nurse for NHS England (London region) who made a presentation on compassion in practice. This was followed by a presentation from Yvonne Connolly, head of patient safety, and Kristina Hager, infection control nurse, on their experiences on a trip to a hospital in Ghana.

Also presented at the event was the ‘Auntie Lucy’ award, a nursing education award of up to £1,000. The award is named in memory of former trust employee Lucy Kpobie, and presented to individuals or teams who wish to develop an area of practice or develop a new initiative for the benefit of patients.

A special award was also given to staff nurses Bronwyn Dunstan and Laura Bland this year, in recognition of their bravery in leading patients to safety from a fire at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton in February.


Notes to editors

The full list of 2013 award winners is as follows:

  • Nurse of the Year winner: Jennifer Kwamin. Runner-up: Lorraine Paruma
  • Midwife of the Year winner: Margaret Flynn. Runner-up: Kate Sutherland
  • Healthcare Assistant of the Year winner: Aruk (Vicky) Vingineswaran. Runner-up: Mary Godfrey
  • Mentor of the Year winner: Maria Lizza G. Maya. Runner-up: Mercilyn Braithwaite
  • ‘Auntie Lucy’ award: Presented to Clare Tattersall, a senior healthcare assistant, and the general intensive care unit (GICU) team.
  • Special recognition award: Presented to Bronwyn Dunstan and Laura Darcy for their bravery in rescuing patients from a fire at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton.

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