Two Trust nurses receive internationally recognised award for outstanding care

On 4 April, the first DAISY Award ceremony was held at Charing Cross Hospital for two nurses who have demonstrated outstanding care to patients and their families.

Nurses and midwives at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust who have shown outstanding clinical skill and compassionate care can be nominated by patients, their families or carers for the internationally recognised ‘DAISY Award for Exceptional Nurses’.

Our inaugural winners were Cody Francis, acute oncology sister, nominated by a patient on 6 South ward, and Sylvia Turner, lead stoma care nurse specialist, nominated by a patient on 4 North ward.

In a surprise ceremony, Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor Janice Sigsworth, director of nursing, presented both winners with their awards. The names of both winners will also be displayed on the DAISY Foundation’s website.

Sylvia said: “I am lost for words – to have been recognised is beyond my wildest imagination because I always strive to give quality care to all patients. I am truly grateful and humbled to receive this award and to have so many people here today to celebrate.”

Cody said, “This award is so unexpected, but it is nice to know that my work has made such a difference to someone that they wanted to let me know. I am grateful to have received this award.”

The DAISY Awards are a fundamental part of Pathway to Excellence, a global nursing excellence framework which aims to create a positive practice environment for nursing staff to improve nurse satisfaction and retention, which translates into better patient care.

Professor Janice Sigsworth, who presented the awards said, “The DAISY Awards are a lovely way to give recognition to our nurses and midwives who deliver outstanding care to our patients and their families.

“It has been overwhelming to see how much these awards mean to the winners and to hear the reasons why they were nominated. Presenting our first awards was an important step forward in our recognition pathway.”

Professor Tim Orchard said, “It meant a huge amount to come and present the awards having been a patient myself at Charing Cross Hospital not so long ago. It was a real opportunity to celebrate the contributions that our nurses make and how they can really improve the lives of our patients.”

About the DAISY Awards

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award was established in America by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died aged 33 of an autoimmune disease. The Barnes family was so appreciative of the care and compassion Patrick received from the nurses who cared for him, that they created an international award to say “thank you” to nurses and midwives everywhere.

Any patient, family member or carer who experiences or observes extraordinary and compassionate care by a nurse or midwife at the Trust can nominate them for a DAISY Award using an online form.

Four awards will be presented at the Trust every two months.