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First chief nurse awards recognise social care workforce

The exceptional efforts of the social care workforce will be recognised through a new award launched by the chief nurse for adult social care.

The awards will mirror the Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May’s awards for the NHS, and aim to celebrate nurses and care workers in adult social care who go above and beyond their everyday roles to provide excellent care, leadership and inspiration.

This new award is the first of its kind for adult social care and is open to the workforce from all settings and parts of the sector. Awards are by nomination, and are open throughout the year.

Two awards are available:

The gold award will recognise outstanding achievements and performance demonstrated by a nurse or social care worker in their sphere of practice. This may be clinical practice, education, research, or leadership. The award recognises the exceptional contribution by an individual with a distinguished career in nursing or social care.

The silver award recognises performance that goes above and beyond the expectations of the everyday role that the nurse or social care worker is expected to perform. Again, this could be demonstrated in education, research, patient and carer experience, leadership, tackling diversity and health inequalities, and could be awarded to either an individual or a team.

The awards are not limited to registered nurses and include all carers across all care settings, not only care homes.

Nominations will be considered by a panel of NHS and adult social care chief nursing officers and adult social care sector representatives. Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Professor Deborah Sturdy aims to present the first award later this year.

Applications for the Gold and Silver awards are available as a form which should be supported by two signatories.

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