His Royal Highness met four Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust staff shortlisted for the Nursing Times Awards 2016.
He was taken on a tour of the Charles Pannett ward, which specialises in caring for patients with bowel and upper gastro-intestinal conditions including cancer, and the intensive care unit which looks after the most seriously ill patients at the Paddington hospital.
The Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is responsible for the running of five hospitals on four sites, which are Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye.
The four shortlisted nurses are:
- Abby Harper-Payne: Nominated for a Rising Star Award. Abby works as a clinical research nurse for neurosurgery, emergency and trauma. She was nominated by colleagues for her commitment, leadership and the guidance she has given to others, helping them to become better healthcare professionals.
- Becky Johl: Nominated for Cancer Nursing Award. Becky and her team run a unique, nurse led chemotherapy service which provides a holistic care assessment focused on meeting the psychological and emotional needs of cancer patients plus an individualised assessment of the patient’s side effects.
- Dionne Levy: Nominated for a Rising Star Award. Dionne is a specialist mental health midwife. She was nominated by colleagues for her commitment to improving the care of pregnant women and new mums with mental health problems at a crucial time in their life, helping to give their children the best start.
- Louise Savine & the tissue viability team: Nominated for Technology and Data in Nursing Award. The team has developed an app to allow nurses to record and share vital real time data about pressure ulcers enabling better management and prevention. The app has contributed to a 37% reduction in pressure damage amongst Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust patients in 2015/16
Professor Janice Sigsworth, Director of Nursing, said: “It was an honour to welcome The Prince of Wales to St Mary’s today and to introduce him to some of our outstanding nursing staff.
"His Royal Highness has been a big supporter of the nursing profession for many years and it was a pleasure to be able to showcase the work our nurses are doing to ensure the highest levels of patient care.”
The annual Nursing Times Awards are a celebration of excellence in nursing and patient care, and recognise the innovations that are shaping and improving nurse-led care in the NHS.
The winners will be announced this evening (Wednesday October 26) at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.