Practice nursing heroes honoured with Wakefield awards

General Practice Nursing in Wakefield has been celebrated – after a series of awards were handed out across the district.

Stellar work was recognised in a range of areas including Integrated Working; Innovation; Driving Person Centred Care; Mentorship and Preceptorship; and Rising Star categories.

NHS Wakefield CCG Chief Nurse Suzannah Cookson handed out the awards to winners and runners-up and praised the high levels of quality on show.

Val Doggett from Stanley Health Centre was named winner in the Integrated Working category for helping to build up an invaluable service to diabetes patients.

She has used her strong relationships and a collaborative approach to help provide expert services in the community, meaning patients don’t have to attend hospital for their care.

In the Innovation category Hannah Hunter from College Lane Surgery in Ackworth won, having worked closely with the lead GP for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) over the last 12 months to improve access and service provision. She has also shown a true passion for learning, having committed to several days away from home to complete extra training.

Julie Thorpe was the runner-up in Innovation and was recognised for 15 years working at King’s Medical Practice in Normanton. Having started initially on reception, Julie took on the role of phlebotomist and has continued to develop in every aspect – showing dedication to helping patients with the management of asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Also from King’s Medical Practice was Louise Targett, who won in the Driving Person Centred Care category. Louise has provided exceptional care for patients with learning disabilities, giving 110% and displaying an unrelenting desire to do her best for patients.

Runner-up in Driving Person Centred Care was Lesley Carlile from College Lane Surgery. Lesley is the lead for learning disabilities, prostate cancer patients and teenage care and, as part of her work, has developed a Teenage Clinic for young people to drop in on a Wednesday afternoon.

Elsewhere, Olivia Hartshorne from King’s Medical Practice was the award winner in the Rising Star category. Olivia started working in the practice straight from college and since being in the role of trainee nurse associate has impressed with her mental health knowledge, rapport with patients and bringing learning points back from various placements.

Jamie-Lee Thackray, from Stanley Health Centre, was runner-up in the Rising Star category and was commended for an easy and comfortable approach beyond her years, her cheerful persona and providing holistic, individualised care to patients.

The Mentorship and Preceptorship category – in recognition of support given newly qualified and student nurses – saw the nursing team at Tieve Tara Medical Centre in Castleford win for making new staff feel valued as an individual and part of the team. Their positive support and sense of teamwork is said to make coming to work an exciting experience.

Mentorship and Preceptorship runners-up were the nursing team at Lupset Health Centre who have been developing and mentoring student nurses for more than five years. The team is said to be tremendously welcoming and supportive, giving nurses on placement a rich and varied experience that means they seriously consider a career in practice nursing.

Winners from Wakefield will now go on to the regional Yorkshire and the Humber Celebrating General Practice Nursing Conference 2019 in Leeds later this year where they are in with a chance of winning in their respective categories.
NHS Wakefield CCG Chief Nurse Suzannah Cookson said: “Presenting these awards and finding out some of the details behind the superb standards of care, development and innovation going on in practices across Wakefield district has been a pleasure and makes me extremely proud.

“These staff members and their colleagues show great skill, commitment and professionalism on a daily basis and should also be extremely proud of themselves.

“I congratulate every single one of them on their brilliant success and wish those going on to the regional awards the best of luck.”




Integrated Working Category

Winner: Val Doggett, Stanley Health Centre



Innovation category

Winner: Hannah Hunter, College Lane Surgery

Runner-up: Julie Thorpe, King’s Medical Practice (pictured is Helen Wright collecting on Julie’s behalf)



Driving Person Centred Care category

Winner: Louise Targett, King’s Medical Practice

Runner-up: Lesley Carlile, College Lane Surgery (pictured is Terri Hazelgrave collecting on Lesley’s behalf)



Rising Star category

Winner: Olivia Hartshorne, King’s Medical Practice

Runner-up: Jamie-Lee Thackray, Stanley Health Centre



Mentorship and Preceptorship category

Winner: Tieve Tara nursing team

Runner-up: Lupset Health Centre nursing team





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