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20 October 2020

Sheffield Hospitals’ nursing teams honoured in top national awards

One of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Nurse Directors, Jane Hopkins and the Medicine and Pharmacy Services teams have been named as finalists in the prestigious Nursing Times Workforce Awards.

Jane is one of six nurses across the country shortlisted for the Nurse Manager of the Year title while an innovative model of care established by her team, which incorporates the skills of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in a traditional ward setting 24/7, is one of 11 teams recognised in the Workforce Team of the Year category.

The Medicine and Pharmacy Services Care Group teams look after some of the hospital’s most vulnerable patients, including those with complex health conditions such as diabetes, respiratory illnesses and digestive disorders.

As Nurse Director, Jane, who cites her team as her “inspiration” has set high standards of care and has been instrumental in developing clinical leaders of the future through bespoke training and development programmes for nurses and clinical support workers.

Innovative team working has also been recognised by the judges and in particular a new way of working on wards which ensures patients transition through the various stages of care as seamlessly as possible. A number of new ways of working have contributed to significant reductions in patients’ length of stay and effective and timely discharge.

Board rounds have been embedded as routine practice and means that the whole ward team meet at a set time each day to review each patient in terms of what is needed to ensure their care progresses without any unnecessary delays. Integrated ward working has been introduced which involves including dedicated therapists in a ward’s core team so that mobilisation can begin early and there can be shared learning between all members of the team.

Jane Hopkins, Nurse Director for the Medicine and Pharmacy Services Care Group at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am hugely privileged to lead this team, who continually strive to innovate and provide compassionate, high quality nursing care to our patients.

"Being shortlisted for these two awards is a fantastic celebration of the whole’s team’s achievements. I am particularly proud of the team’s shared vision and the development of the integrated care ward model, which has benefited both nursing and therapy teams, and supports patients to be as active and independent as possible at the right time and point in their care.”

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 2 December.


Photo: Jane Hopkins (far left) with members of the Medicine and Pharmacy Services Care Group.

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