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Multiple awards for Cwm Taf’s nurses at

Cwm Taf University Health Board is celebrating the recognition of its nursing staff at the Royal College of Nursing in Wales Awards ceremony held on Wednesday, November 19th 2014.

Nurses from the University Health Board excelled in each of the five categories:

• Daphne Meredith Smith, winner - Lifetime Achievement Award;
• Lynne Greenhill, runner up - Clinical Nurse Specialist Award;
• Ana Llewelyn, runner up - Community Nursing Award;
• Karen Bracegirdle, winner - Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award
• Jane Randall, joint winner - Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award;

Mrs Daphne Meredith-Smith, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, is the University Health Board’s Head of Nursing for Adult Mental Health.

Daphne has over 35 years experience working in the NHS, almost all of this time in mental health services. She has devoted herself to delivering high quality care to the most vulnerable people in the South Wales area and has been at the forefront of mental health service changes. Daphne brought not only her experience and leadership skills to these service changes but an advanced insight into the needs of people who can be disadvantaged in many aspects of their lives.

On receiving the award, Daphne said: “I was very honoured to be nominated for this award by my Executive Director of Nursing and Assistant Director of Operations.

“I have always believed it to be a privilege to care for and support people when they are at their most vulnerable and dependent, to ensure that patients and their families are treated with dignity and respect and that they be provided with as much information as possible to help them understand and manage their illness.”

Lynne Greenhill, Clinical Nurse Specialist Parkinson’s was runner up for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Award. This award recognises a Specialist Nurse who has applied advance nursing practice to make an outstanding contribution to and/or has made significant improvement in patient care, including the introduction of changes that lead to innovative programmes of care.

Following her appointment as Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2010, Lynne has worked tirelessly to develop the nurse-led service within the University Health Board. There are now clinics across all four localities; a domiciliary assessment/review service which includes care homes; clinical sessions within the Parkinson’s Rehabilitation service, and clinical sessions within the Community Integrated Assessment Service.

When speaking about her nomination, Lynne said: “To be nominated for the award has been an honour and a privilege.

“For Cwm Taf University Health Board, and especially Fiona Wood, Senior Nurse Community Rehabilitation, to consider me for such a prestigious award has been a major milestone and memorable event in my life which I will always cherish.”

Lynne regularly attends the monthly support groups and Parkinson's cafes organised by Parkinson's UK.

Ana Llewellyn, Senior Nurse for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) was runner up for the Community Award. Ana’s nomination was in recognition of her work in the implementation of the Mental Health Measure in CAMHS and for her leadership and partnership work in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

Cross health board relationships are pivotal to meeting the mental health needs of vulnerable children. In particular, there has been a focus on preventing inappropriate admissions of children to adult mental health beds.

Ana has demonstrated a passionate and innovative management style which has had a very positive influence on the service.

Ana said: “I’m very embarrassed, but also honoured, to have been nominated for just doing my job.

“I am, however, really pleased that CAMHS nursing has been recognised.… and that I had the opportunity to buy a fancy frock!”

The Wales Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award was presented to Karen Bracegirdle, Community Psychiatric Nurse.

This award recognises an exceptional Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Learning Disability Nurse who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of individuals living with a mental health problem and/or learning disability.

Prior to becoming a Registered Mental Health Nurse in September 2002, Karen had worked for many years in women’s health as a Health Care Assistant and more recently as a Community Support Worker in Adult Mental Health. This awareness of physical health and social inclusion has been the catalyst to Karen’s development as a registered mental health nurse.

As a Team Leader for an Assertive Outreach service her team’s objectives are to engage with Adults with Serious and Enduring Mental Illness (SEMI) utilising an outreach model, working with the service user’s priorities and strengths, in order to deliver a range of health and social care interventions.

Inspired by a BBC 3 documentary ‘Football Madness and Me’ Karen went about developing a vision for tackling the service users health and social care needs through the medium of football.

Through Karen’s leadership the project ‘Recovery v Football’ was established in September 2013. Its aim was to provide an opportunity for meaningful engagement which would help people have fun, feel valued, develop an identity, improve their physical health through increased activity and in doing so establish the foundations for recovery.

The project is attended by in excessive of 20 players each week from across the University Health Board and supports two teams who play in the ‘Street Football’ Valleys league.

Karen said: “I am so happy and honoured to accept such a prestigious award.

“The football has given a group of individuals within Outreach and Recovery services an opportunity to flourish, gain confidence, skills and friendships. I would like to thank every person who has played an active part in the ongoing development of this project and hope that it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Jane Randall, Head of Safeguarding in the Patient Care and Safety Unit was joint winner of the Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award.

This award celebrates the contribution of an exceptional nursing leader in Wales, who by inspiring others and demonstrating exceptional leadership, has made a significant difference to patient care.

Jane has worked for over 20 years in the specialist area of safeguarding and public protection. Initially Jane was employed as one of the first Clinical Nurse Specialists for Child Protection in NHS Wales working for Pontypridd & Rhondda NHS Trust and establishing excellent ongoing partnerships with the Local Authority, Education and South Wales Police.

However, with the increasing focus on the wider public protection and safeguarding, Jane’s current role as Head of Safeguarding has expanded across the University Health Board to embrace the full range of public protection.

Her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of safeguarding has led her to be the Vice Chair of Cwm Taf Safeguarding Children’s Board for the past 5 years, nominated by both Directors of Social Services.

Jane said: “I am delighted to have won such a prestigious award, not just from a personal perspective but in that it also recognises the role of Safeguarding and Public Protection within nursing.

“It is not always a comfortable aspect of nursing and it can be highly emotional and distressing particularly when we face adverse publicity as a profession in the wake of significant failures to protect.

“There is no greater responsibility than safeguarding our most vulnerable patients and clients, especially those who lack the capacity to protect themselves. Nurses are the guardians of safe, effective and dignified patient care and it is a profession of which I am immensely proud.”

Lynda Williams, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Care at the University Health Board said: “I am very proud of the staff who have been nominated for these awards. As far as I am concerned, they are all winners.

“The recognition of the dedication and commitment of our staff by the Royal College of Nursing illustrates the high level of care demonstrated in the University Health Board.”