Success at RCN Nurse of the Year Awards


At this year’s Nurse of the Year awards, nurses in Belfast Trust were successful in two categories: Outstanding Achievement Award and Bamford Vision Award

The Nurse of the Year awards provide a unique opportunity to highlight excellence in nursing in Northern Ireland, and celebrate the contribution that nursing makes to the health and wellbeing of the people we care for.

Martin Creed and Deborah Boyle were runners-up in the Bamford Vision Award for mental health and learning disability. Martin and Deborah are clinical nurse specialists in the Mental Health and Deafness Service. They were nominated for their involvement in developing this service which provides an innovative and specialist mental health service to people who are profoundly deaf.

Elizabeth Henderson OBE was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award. Elizabeth is Nurse Director of the Northern Ireland Cancer Network, based at Knockbracken Healthcare Park and received the award for her exemplary leadership of, and contribution to, cancer nursing in Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the Awards, RCN Northern Ireland Director Janice Smyth
said:  “Congratulations to all of these nurses on their achievements. Despite continuing challenges and increased pressure on the health service, I am extremely encouraged by the excellence and innovation shown by nurses from across Northern Ireland, who are committed to improving services and care for patients.”

RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2012

The overall title of RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2012 went to Claire Galloway, clinical lead nurse for sexual health with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.