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82 Nursing staff to receive nationally-recognised awards

Published: 26/09/2014


A total of 82 nursing staff – including the new director of nursing – from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are to receive nationally-recognised nursing badges for their commitment to the top values of their profession.

The staff, who are all registered nurses or healthcare assistants (HCAs), will be the latest recipients of the Trust’s 6Cs nursing badge at a prestigious ceremony in Solihull on 10 October. 

The 6Cs of nursing are national values – care, compassion, commitment, communications, courage and competence – and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first trusts in the country to develop its own recognition scheme to reward nursing staff who demonstrate how they put these values into practice.

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The Trust launched its 6Cs badge scheme in May 2013 and to date 103 nurses and healthcare assistants have achieved their badges.  A further 82 receive their badges next month as part of the Trust’s celebrations for World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Sue Hartley, Executive Director of Nursing, joined the Trust in April and is among the latest 82 who have successfully applied for the badge. She said: “We have a fantastic team of nursing staff who are passionate about what they do and totally committed to providing the best possible mental healthcare for the population of Birmingham and Solihull.

“Our 6Cs nursing badge initiative was developed as a way of acknowledging and celebrating the contribution of our nurses – and we are thrilled that our local scheme has just been endorsed as great practice by the NHS on a national level. 

“Both NHS England and NHS Employers have praised our initiative and recently announced that all our badge-holders would be automatically enrolled as NHS Care Makers. This is a huge endorsement of the quality of our scheme.”

She added that NHS England would be showing its support of the badge scheme by attending the celebrations.  Hazel Watson, Head of Mental Health and Learning Disability for NHS England, is to present the Trust’s individual awards for both the top 6Cs registered nurse and top healthcare assistant or practitioner. Lyn McIntyre, MBE, NHS England’s Deputy Director for Quality and Patient Experience is also attending the event which is being held for the first time at Solihull Conference Centre.

Cllr Ken Meeson, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chair of the Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board, will also take part and will be helping to judge the individual winners who are decided at the event from a shortlist of three nominees for each award.