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Cardiff and Vale UHB nurses win big at RCN Nurse of the Year Awards

12 November 2021

Last night our nursing and midwifery staff were recognised and commended for the outstanding work they have undertaken during the last year, at the 2021 RCN Wales Nurse of the Year Awards.

The annual prestigious event celebrates the outstanding achievements of nurses and midwives across Wales and recognises their positive influence on nursing and midwifery practice, and the care they provide to individuals and communities.

This year one of our colleagues, Kirsty John was recognised as RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2021. Kirsty received special recognition for her work with colleagues in HMP Cardiff leading the testing system for all men arriving in custody and creating a vaccination hub within the prison.

We not only saw the overall winner coming from Cardiff and Vale UHB, we saw a total of five awards attributed to our nursing and midwifery colleagues within seven categories.

  • Children and Midwifery Award – Winner, Katherine Fischer
  • Advanced and Specialist Nursing Award - Runner up, Sarah Rees and Paula Strong
  • Chief Nursing Officer for Wales Award - Runner up, Abigail Holmes
  • Registered Nurse (Adult award) - Runner up, Emily John
  • Primary Care Nursing Award – Winner, Kirsty John
  • Supporting Improvement Through Research Award – Winner, Emma Williams
  • Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Nursing Award - Winner, Laura Truscott-Wright
  • RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2021 – Winner, Kirsty John

Executive Nurse Director, Ruth Walker said “Huge congratulations to Katherine, Sarah, Paula, Abigail, Emily, Kirsty, Emma and Laura for demonstrating the amazing contribution that they make to the nursing and midwifery profession here in Wales and the benefit to our patients, citizens and communities. It was a real pleasure to see your work being recognised at the RCN Nurse of the Year Awards last evening.

“Each award or nomination is well deserved and further showcases the amount of dedicated and uniquely talented nurses and midwives we have at Cardiff and Vale UHB.

“After what has been a difficult year it is great to see our hard working nurses and midwives being recognised for their dedication and commitment in caring for our patients. It is so impressive to see how you have continued to lead, drive, and innovate within your clinical environments to improve outcomes for patients. Thank you”

RCN Wales Director, Helen Whyley, congratulated Kirsty and said “Kirsty is dedicated to ensuring high levels of dignified care for this group. She is an admirable individual and a worthy winner of the Wales Nurse of the Year Award 2021”

Further information on all the winners can be found here