Sefton Health Commissioners Celebrate Nurses’ Day 2018

Choosing nursing as a career offers a world of opportunities and experiences that many people wouldn’t associate with the profession. That is the message from Sefton health commissioners ahead of International Nurses’ Day 2018 which celebrates the work of nurses in dedicating themselves to caring for others.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are marking International Nurses’ Day 2018 by highlighting the work of their quality team which is led by the CCGs chief nurse, Debbie Fagan. The quality team is made up of qualified nurses who have since moved into commissioning and together they are responsible for ensuring that health services in Sefton are safe for the people who use them.

A relatively new member of the team is Karen Garside, who is the CCGs designated nurse for safeguarding children. Speaking about Nurses’ Day 2018, and the experiences she has had in her career, Karen said: “I’ve been a nurse for over 27 years and I really value the fact that my work makes a difference to young people all over Sefton.

“I’ve done a variety of different roles including working in a hospital, working as a health visitor and then with children, young people and their families. It was when I was a health visitor that I realised how I could make a difference for children who were at risk of harm or abuse. I worked in a mixture of deprived and affluent areas and safeguarding was a key part of this work, supporting families and working with partners to ensure children and young people were safe from harm, including physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect.

“Although I no longer have direct contact with children and young people at an operational level, I enjoy the fact that I can still make a difference through working at a strategic level in partnership with different agencies to ensure we have the overarching systems and processes in place continue to meet their needs and ensure they are protected from harm.

“My workload is very varied and can include supporting a serious case review, checking the quality of a local health service and developing policies to tackle issues such as child exploitation. In between formal meetings, advice and support may also be required for individual cases, therefore it is very unpredictable.”

The theme of Nurses’ Day 2018 is #ThisNurse. You can find out more about Nurses’ Day, including information about the range of career options for qualified nurses, by visiting the Royal College of Nursing website: https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day

You can watch an interview with Karen talking about her job here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XibIyJMT7mM

Hard working nurses honoured as part of International Nurses Day

Doctors and nurses from across Southport and Formby have been busy taking part in a charity lunch break cake sale as part of International Nurses Day.

To mark the occasion, staff from the North Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group showed their baking skills and brought in cakes for a charitable donation raising over £100 for the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Foundation.

This money will go towards supporting the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse and quality officer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “I will have been a nurse for 28 years in June and having worked in both hospitals and in community settings before I started working in commissioning I always think about how it comes back to getting the quality of nursing right.

“This is why we work together with our nurses across Sefton on a regular basis and put our patients at the forefront of all we do.

“It is great to have International Nurses Day to celebrate our nurses and to thank them for all their hard work.

“This week we’ve showcased some of our Sefton nurses in different settings to give them the chance to tell their story and to tell others how they became involved in nursing and what it means to them.

“The cake sale went down a treat and all for a very worthy cause. I didn’t realise how many bakers we had here at the CCG!”

As a registered charity the RCN Foundation helps individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients. It achieves this through awarding project grants and bursaries.

Additionally, its hardship funding provides assistance to members of the nursing team in times of need, providing that extra support they may need to get their lives back on track.

Organised annually by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May each year, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The day is an opportunity to recognise and reflect upon the contribution that caring nurses and allied health professionals make to people’s lives all around the world.