The irony that 2020 was the Year of the Nurse has not been lost on any of us.

The World Health Organisation designated 2020 as the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife to honour the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and to highlight the important role that nurses have in transforming health care around the world.

For many years, KCHNL have supported the Trust (KCH and PRUH) in its awards for the Nurse/Midwife of the Year and we have been delighted to share in the trust wide celebrations in early May. The pandemic of course, changed everything in 2020 and awards were not made. However, in the past we have attended the Trust events (KCH and PRUH) where we were able to present the winners with a 5-year membership to the League, a certificate, and an Amazon voucher. We hope that this event will resume soon as it is even more vital to recognise the important role that nurses make to patient care.

It is always such a joyful occasion to hear all the wonderful citations from colleagues for the nominees and to discover the innovations and good practice that abound and the way their expert clinical care impacts on many patients’ lives.

Once we are able, we will resume our attendance and contribute to the awards. These photographs are from the presentation in 2019 with Moyra Heggie (Deputy President) and Catherine Garrott – winner of the Nurse of the Year, and Kimberlee Carr – winner of the Midwife of the Year, and reflect the pride in the faces of those who have received the awards.

Catherine Garrott with Moyra Heggie (2019)
Kimberlee Carr with Moyra Heggie (2019)