KSS Award 2015
Our nurse wins NHS leadership award
17 November 2015

Our nurse wins NHS leadership award

Our proactive care case manager Elizabeth Stevenson won the NHS inspirational leader of the year category at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex NHS Leadership Recognition awards ceremony on Thursday 12 November.

We also secured runner-up places in three other categories:

  • The SCT board in the NHS board / governing body category.
  • Deputy chief nurse (adults) Ellie Hayter in the NHS development champion
  • Equality and diversity lead Jourdan Durairaj in the NHS leader of inclusivity category.

Our recently-appointed dementia lead (nurse consultant) Lucy Frost was runner-up in the emerging leader category for work undertaken when she was at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Elizabeth Stevenson said: “I am delighted to have been honoured with the award for inspirational leader of the year 2015. It was overwhelming and humbling to be part of the ceremony as there were many deserving nominees at the awards. I am very proud to be part of Sussex Community NHS Trust which has given me the opportunity to be the best that I can.

“Behind every good leader is an excellent team and without this I would not have been able to win the award. I am a committed and enthusiastic case manager and always attempt to achieve the best for my patients and my team. 

“The area I work in has it challenges but every day I am inspired by my team and in turn I hope to continue to motivate them and others to support our trust’s ethos.  Excellent care in the community is what we aspire to and our commitment to patient care is our utmost priority.”

Our chief executive Paula Head said: “I’m proud that a number of SCT people were shortlisted for these awards and that Elizabeth has been recognised as NHS inspirational leader of the year.

“Her nomination speaks of a committed and enthusiastic nurse advocating for patients, an excellent teacher and clinical support ensuring equitable access to professional development for her team.

“Her success confirms her passionate commitment to her patients and to her own professional development and that of her team. It’s a great personal example as well of the commitment to quality that drives all our teams and that enabled us to achieve a Care Quality Commission rating of good earlier this year.”