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Celebration of Nursing 2016

Published: 21/10/2016

 Nursing staff from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust were commemorated at the Trust’s Celebration of Nursing event, taking place on Thursday 13 October 2016 at Birmingham City Football Club St. Andrew’s stadium.

The ceremony was part of the Trust’s programme of events for World Mental Health Day, which took place on Monday 10 October 2016. World Mental Health Day is celebrated around the world every October to help improve mental health awareness. The event was organised and hosted by Patrick Cullen, Senior Nurse for Professional Standards.

The awards element of the event focused on the concept of the ‘6cs Values’. The ‘6Cs Values’ were created as part of the Compassion in Practice national strategy for nursing in 2012, with the values being: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. Three 6Cs awards were up for grabs, with two finalists in each category. The categories included Student, Healthcare Assistant and Registered Nurse.

The presentations and videos were judged by a panel that included Sue Hartley (Executive Director of Nursing), Faheem Uddin (Lead Governor), Stuart Wix (Deputy Director of Nursing) and Jenny Belza (Chief Nurse at Cross City CCG). Rose Shaw, Floyd Smith and Lynne Johnson were the winners of the Student, Healthcare Assistant and Registered Nurse categories respectively. 

A highlight of the event involved the presentation of Nursing Badges. The Trust’s Nursing Badges scheme was launched in 2013 to recognise excellence in nursing at all levels, and 27 members of Trust staff were awarded them this year, presented by Executive Director of Nursing, Sue Hartley.

The Darren Cooper Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution 2016 was also awarded at the event. Darren Cooper was a highly regarded employee and governor of the Trust for many years until he sadly and suddenly passed away in March 2016. His son, Matthew Cooper, who works for the Trust as a Healthcare Assistant, was there to present this award that was created in honour of his father. The award went to Diana Markman, previous Associate Director of Operations for the Trust, as voted for by the Trust’s Nursing Advisory Council. 

Matthew Cooper said: ‘My dad was a big believer in going the extra mile for service users, and I would encourage our staff to believe the same.’