Trust’s Emergency Department scoops top nursing award

Date: 07 December 2020

ED Award

Medway NHS Foundation Trust’s Emergency Department (ED) has won a major national healthcare award for its work in developing a clinically-led workforce strategy.

The team, based at Medway Maritime Hospital, in Gillingham, beat nine other NHS trusts to the Nursing Times Workforce Team of the Year Award at the virtual ceremony on 2 December.

Judges recognised the development of the strategy as transformational and highlighted outcomes such as the ‘’significant improvements’’ to patient safety and experience within the department. They added that the work had helped the team cope with added demands and new ways of working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cliff Evans, ED Consultant Nurse, said: ‘’This is a phenomenal achievement for our team – it has been five years of hard work and professional development for our staff, but it has truly brought out the best in all of us.

‘’The strategy has allowed us to make so many improvements, invest in our workforce and significantly reduce vacancy rates across the department. Most importantly, it has led to improved patient experiences and outcomes for the people of Medway and Swale who rely on us.’’

James Devine, Chief Executive, said: ‘’I am incredibly proud that the team has won this major national prize, ahead of so many other worthwhile contenders from Trusts across the country.

‘’This is well-deserved, public recognition for all the improvements that our ED team has made in recruiting and retaining colleagues and investing in their professional development, leading to improved outcomes for our patients.’’

  • Summary:

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust’s Emergency Department (ED) has won a major national healthcare award for its work in developing a clinically-led workforce strategy.