Future in sa Three of our students have been recognised for their exceptional care as we expanded our successful Daisy award scheme this year to include nurses and midwives in training. Student midwife Hollie Townley and student nurses Abigail Stapleton and Stacey Francis were awarded the Daisy in Training accolade following nominations from training colleagues who had been impressed with their professionalism.
NGH nurses conquer Snowdon In October, 17 Team NGH employees raised over £4,000 when they scaled new heights for charity partner Cavell Trust’s #10kForNurses campaign. The group joined more than 50 other fundraisers who braved Storm Callum to conquer Wales’ highest mountain Snowdon as part of a fundraising drive to support colleagues in crisis. The Cavell Trust supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship. In the last three years, they’ve seen a 100% rise in nursing professionals asking for support, from 1,100 in 2014 to more than 2,200 in 2017. Insight caught up with our associate director of nursing, Tara Pauley who told us more about the charity climb and our involvement with the Cavell Trust. “I first become aware of the Cavell Trust myself aged 35 when diagnosed with breast cancer. The reality of serious illness with ongoing treatment of up to a year, and the financial impact of that made me look at what support was out there, if I or my family needed it. Fortunately, I never needed to apply for assistance. I have however, successfully applied for grants for our own staff at times of hardship for them. “It was hard just driving to north Wales due to Storm Callum, passing through landslides and dodging fallen trees. We were in the hands of expert guides led by keen enthusiast Jason Rawles. “On the morning itself. the waiting around before we set off was tough enough but then we were faced with the steep incline of Llanberis path in wind and rain that felt 8 ❘ Insight
Hollie Townley, University of Northampton student midwife “Hollie is totally committed to becoming a midwife. She is passionate about caring for women and their families, always working closely with our patients to ensure they understand their choices and are happy with their care.” Sarah Coiffait, practice development midwife
Abigail Stapleton, Open University student nurse “Abi has consistently shown that she can give all those within her care the best possible patient experience whatever their circumstances. A most amazing selfless professional nurse.” Rosemary Bottoms, Open University practice teacher
like small stabbing needles. At this point I seriously wondered if I could do this challenge and honestly would not have blamed any team member if they had pulled out right there and then. “The fact that all 17 members of Team NGH completed the challenge was amazing. I think it’s a true testament to the determination of our staff that even in the face of adversity they were willing to absolutely do their best possible. “This was without a doubt a definite example of staff pulling together and doing something that enhanced their own wellbeing as well as raising more than £4,000 to benefit the wellbeing of other nurses, midwives and care assistants that the Cavell Trust support. I’m extremely proud of all the team!”
Daisy in Training honourees Hollie, Abigail and