RNI Award
NHS in Sussex in line for prestigious national award in child health
27 April 2018

NHS in Sussex in line for prestigious national award in child health

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Institute (RCNi) award.

SCFT’s Children and Young Person’s Community Nursing Service, which covers West Sussex and Brighton Hove, care for 1,500 children – many of whom have complex health needs.

Trudy Ward, Head of Children’s Specialist and Community Nursing, and the special school nursing team are among the five finalists for the RCNi Child Health Award.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of SCFT, said: “We’re thrilled by the fantastic news that Trudy and our special school nursing team have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award.

“It’s clear recognition for a great deal of hard work and a testament to the caring and supportive people that make up our Trust.

“We hope they win, but whatever happens on the day the whole organisation is proud of what they’ve achieved for their patients.”

The team’s entry focused on ensuring that the nursing services meet the needs of children and young people who attend 12 special schools in West Sussex.

Trudy Ward designed an assessment tool which identified the nature of nursing in special schools and which supports commissioning and workforce planning. It led to a commissioned special school clinical nursing service in West Sussex.

The tool is also used by special school nurses to provide nursing advice for each child’s Education Health Care Plan as part of the national Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms.

SCFT made the shortlist after a total of 700 entries from all over the country were considered by RCNi judges, ahead of the finals on July 4 2018.