Oxleas Nurse of the Year 2011 named

Nurse of the Year 2011 - Vikki Rawlins
2011 Nurse of the Year, Vikki Rawlins, with Oxleas Director of Nursing and Governance, Wilf Bardsley, and Chief Executive, Stephen Firn (right)

Tissue viability nurse Vikki Rawlins was crowned Oxleas Nurse of the Year at the eighth annual nursing conference at Charlton Athletic’s The Valley on Friday 17 June.

A deserving winner, Vikki has developed and led a programme of clinical change in wound care management in Bexley Community Health Services. This has included developing a competency programme for district nurses for the management of leg ulcers, with great results.

One of the three nominations received for Vikki read: ‘Despite being a sole practitioner in her field Vikki has found the time and energy to support nurses to raise their standards.’  

There were also awards for Patient and Carer Experience, Safety and Nursing Excellence.

The winners were:

Patient and Carer Experience: Matthew Watts, Community Mental Health Nurse, Early Intervention in Psychosis Team

Safety: Tony Hollands, Epilepsy Nurse Specialist, Bromley Adult Learning Disability Services

Nursing Excellence: Maureen Cook, Outreach Team Manager, Bexley Health Visiting

The theme for this year’s nursing conference was nursing quality: new solutions and practice innovations. Attendees heard about some of the exciting developments that are improving nursing care in Oxleas, including: the implementation of the Productive Releasing Time to Care initiatives in both Bexley and Greenwich community health services and on the mental health wards; and the improvements Telehealth, a vital signs monitoring software, has made to patients in Bexley.

Published on 20th June 2011