£500 for Mercy – well she did win Nurse of the Year

2010’s Oxleas Nurse of the Year is Mercy Browne, a nurse practitioner with Greenwich’s Assessment and Shared Care Team, based at Ferryview Health Centre in Woolwich.

Mercy received the award, at the Oxleas seventh annual nursing conference, which was held at Charlton Athletic’s home The Valley.

Her work in perinatal mental health clinched the coveted honour, but it also gained her success in the Safety category as well. Mercy ran whole day workshops on perinatal mental health giving numerous presentations throughout the year.

Mercy told One Oxleas: “I am very happy to be selected as the overall winner. I thank everyone who nominated me and hope I will continue to develop the Perinatal Care for Oxleas.”

Perinatal depression is a term used for depression during or after pregnancy. It is increasingly being used in preference to the term ‘postnatal. People sometimes say ‘I’m depressed’ when they mean they are fed up about something. They usually quickly recover from these feelings. True, or clinical depression, refers to a condition where feelings of extreme sadness can last for a long time. This can be accompanied by physical effects such as loss of energy, or aches and pains. The exact cause of perinatal depression is not known. Factors may include the big changes that having a baby brings about, concerns about being able to manage, or feelings of inadequacy arising from the fact that women do not automatically know how to be a mother. There may be an obvious reason but often there is none. Mild perinatal depression can be helped by increased support from families and friends; more severe perinatal depression will need help from a GP, health visitor or, in some cases, mental health professionals.

There were additional awards added this year which are for Safety, Nursing Excellence and Service User and Carer Experience. This year’s awards were judged prior to the conference using a panel of judges that included staff, governors and service users. There were a total of 35 nominations of such high quality that the panel said it had been difficult to decide on the winners.

The winner of the Nursing Excellence award went to Angus Gartshore, Team Coordinator, Community and Assessment Team, North Bexley.

The award for Service User and Carer Experience went to Sarah Roach, a healthcare assistant on Betts Ward, Green Parks House, Bromley.

Photo captions:

  1. From left to right: Mercy Browne, Wilf Bardsley, Angus Gartshore and collecting the award on behalf of Sara Roach, Edward Kanu.
  2. Winners and nominees of the 2010 Oxleas Nursing Awards.

Published on 21st May 2010