Awards

The NNA will give 4 awards in 2024 to celebrate neonatal nurses, students, neonatal teams & practice development. Each award will recognise the efforts, expertise and commitment of neonatal staff.

NNA Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award

The Neonatal Nurse of the Year award will be awarded to an inspirational neonatal nurse who has made an extraordinary difference to the lives of their colleagues, the babies in their care or to families.

This is a prestigious award that has great impact for the nurse winner, the wider team and the babies and families in their care. It is a great opportunity for you to show a nurse your appreciation and recognise their incredible efforts.

2023 Finalists

Lindsay Freeman

Senior Staff Nurse, Leighton Hospital Neonatal unit

Lindsay Freeman 

has worked tirelessly to ensure that FICare is central to the work of the unit, which has become FICare accredited. Lindsay has worked to ensure the entire multidisciplinary team are trained and supported to provide FICare to families. Lindsay’s outstanding efforts have positively affected families, ensuring they are supported partners in care. Lindsay is a true role model and an exceptional nurse.

Toni Starr

Neonatal Sister,
Swindon

Toni Starr 

retired in 2023 and showed incredible dedication and commitment to neonatal nursing. Toni understood the concept of perinatal teamworking and shared ownership of QI goals. Toni used her skills in data, QI and understanding of evidence-based medicine for perinatal optimisation. She was a founding member of neoPremQI and never swerved from her lifelong goal to offer the very best care to babies and their families.

Nikki Farrington

Family bereavement nurse specialist, New Cross NICU

The NNA is delighted to name Nikki Farrington

as our Neonatal Nurse of the Year, 2023. Nikki has worked tirelessly to promote multidisciplinary and multi-agency working to provide all families with optimal bereavement and palliative care. The impact Nikki has made through supporting colleagues to deliver care to these babies and families in clear.

Current & Previous winners

Nikki Farrington

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award winner 2023

Nikki Farrington

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award winner 2023

I am so honoured to receive this prestigious award. I am so happy that Neonatal Bereavement Care has been recognised and my hope is this will raise the profile of this vital and much needed service for our families.
I’m so proud to be part of paving the way nationally for the Neonatal Bereavement Care Specialism and hope this now becomes more recognised as being a vital role needed in all Level 3 Neonatal Units.
I dedicate this award to all the bereaved families I’ve supported and to all the beautiful babies who were born too sick, too soon.
We will be using the prize money to continue to provide specialist premature baby clothing and sibling books to our bereaved families and to add home-like touches to our overnight parent facilities.

Jo Bennett

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award winner 2022

Jo Bennett

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award winner 2022

I wanted to put the award money to best use for families and, with the current cost of living crisis, help alleviate some of the pressures whilst they have a baby on the neonatal unit.

I purchased a good stock of £40 Tesco vouchers to be given to parents to help with food, nappies, baby clothes etc. I also made up some emergency toiletry packs. These are for parents who might be staying in the parent accommodation but do not have access to their own toiletries. Lastly, I purchased a stand and new bedding for the Moses basket which is used when a baby has died.

Angela Hughes

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award winner 2021

Angela Hughes

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award winner 2021

I was humbled to have been nominated as NNA nurse of the year 2021 and honoured to accept the award on behalf of the entire team.

The NNA prize money will play a vital role in enabling a simulation programme to develop and enhance clinical skills and facilitate the recruitment and retention of neonatal staff in our trust.

NNA Neonatal Nurse of the year award 2024

Inclusion criteria must reflect the following:

Development or leadership of…….

  • A project or initiative to encourage a supportive work environment
  • Encouraging multidisciplinary working and communication
  • An innovation that has made a positive difference to practice
  • A project or initiative to disseminate learning and promote implementation

Awards information

TERMS: All nominees will be invited to attend the NNA virtual annual conference where the winners will be announced.  Nominees will need to pay for their ticket to attend. Shortlisted nominees will receive a funded ticket.  Nominees can either apply personally or be nominated by their line manager / colleagues / parents. An individual can be nominated for all awards in the same year.  All nomination forms must include a rationale behind why the candidate(s) should win the award. All nominations will be reviewed by three or more NNA board members according to the criteria set for each award.  The 3 highest scoring nominees will be shortlisted.  The winner will be selected by the NNA board. Their decision is final. The winners will be announced and awarded at the NNA virtual annual conference and will be asked to write an article on their achievements for the Journal of Neonatal Nursing. To share initiatives and best practice the winners will also feature in the NNA annual review, social media posts, on the NNA website and at the next NNA conference. All shortlisted nominees will receive a certificate to acknowledge their great work. Winners will also receive NNA membership for one year. Prize money must be paid by invoice. Prize money must be claimed within 12 months of the award. The prize money must be spent to positively impact on practice or improve the neonatal experience for staff, babies or families.

NNA Neonatal team of the year award

This award will acknowledge a neonatal team and their incredible efforts, even during incredibly challenging times,
to improve the neonatal experience for colleagues, babies, and families.

This prestigious award has a great impact on the winning team and the babies and families in their care. It is a great opportunity for you to show a neonatal team your appreciation and recognise their incredible efforts.

2023 Finalists

Cassie Rogers and Bex Clarke

Plymouth (Derriford)
NICU

Cassie Rogers and Bex Clarke

were shortlisted for this award for their innovative working with other specialties, wider teams within the Trust, collaborative parallel planning, and showing commitment and determination to providing optimal neonatal palliative care for babies and their families.
 

Well-Being Wednesday Team

NICU Liverpool Women’s Hospital

The Well-being Wednesday Team

at Liverpool Women’s Hospital were shortlisted for this NNA Award for promoting MDT cooperation and empowering nursing team members to take the lead in collaborative projects; reinforcing the importance of Nursing leadership in the workplace. The NICU is an intense working environment. This team work together to ensure their colleagues feel engaged, valued and empowered lowering rates of work-related stress and improving patient care and outcomes.
 

Neonatal MDT - University Hospital Wishaw NNU

University Hospital Wishaw NNU

The NNA is delighted to name Wishaw Neonatal Unit

as our Neonatal Team of the Year, 2023. While still coping with the effects of the pandemic, this multidisciplinary team produced Bundle principles and implemented change ideas to minimise the abrupt variation in the cerebral circulation. By the end of 2022 there were no babies with significant IVH in the unit. It is a testament to the team that everyone participated in the implementation of the care bundle. The team can celebrate the success of the Neuroprotective Care Bundle and the improved outcomes for preterm infants.

Current & Previous winners

Neonatal MDT - University Hospital Wishaw NNU

Neonatal Team of the Year winner 2023

Neonatal MDT - University Hospital Wishaw NNU

Neonatal Team of the Year winner 2023

We are all extremely proud of the team for receiving this prestigious national award. It has been a challenging few years but the team have continued to offer care and support to babies and their families and this award recognises their hard work and dedication.

Cheryl Clark, Chief Midwife, Maternity and Neonatal Services

North West ODN Workforce and Education Team

Neonatal Team of the Year winner 2022

North West ODN Workforce and Education Team

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award Winner 2022

This award was given in recognition of the impact this team had in delivering the Neonatal Induction Programme, the first element of the NW pathway to QiS, in the recruitment and retention of nurses new to neonatal care since 2002 and their commitment above and beyond to convert to virtual learning during the C19 pandemic.

NNA Neonatal team of the year award 2024

Inclusion criteria must reflect the following:

Development or leadership of…….

  • Encouraging multidisciplinary working and communication
  • A project or initiative to encourage a supportive work environment
  • An innovation that has made a positive difference to practice
  • A project or initiative to disseminate learning and promote implementation

Awards information

TERMS: All nominees will be invited to attend the NNA virtual annual conference where the winners will be announced.  Nominees will need to pay for their ticket to attend. Shortlisted nominees will receive a funded ticket.  Nominees can either apply personally or be nominated by their line manager / colleagues / parents. An individual can be nominated for all awards in the same year.  All nomination forms must include a rationale behind why the candidate(s) should win the award. All nominations will be reviewed by three or more NNA board members according to the criteria set for each award.  The 3 highest scoring nominees will be shortlisted.  The winner will be selected by the NNA board. Their decision is final. The winners will be announced and awarded at the NNA virtual annual conference and will be asked to write an article on their achievements for the Journal of Neonatal Nursing. To share initiatives and best practice the winners will also feature in the NNA annual review, social media posts, on the NNA website and at the next NNA conference. All shortlisted nominees will receive a certificate to acknowledge their great work. Winners will also receive NNA membership for one year. Prize money must be paid by invoice. Prize money must be claimed within 12 months of the award. The prize money must be spent to positively impact on practice or improve the neonatal experience for staff, babies or families.

NNA practice development award

This award will acknowledge an individual or team and their incredible efforts, even during incredibly challenging times, to improve the neonatal experience for colleagues, babies, and families.

2023 Finalists

Maureen O’Dowd and Diane Chalkright

Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital

The NNA is delighted to name Maureen O’Dowd and Diane Chalkright

as winners of our Practice Development Award 2023. Maureen & Diane have created regional teaching days for neonatal nurses across Northern Ireland to standardise care and practice. In conjunction with a trainee doctor they have developed and taught on inter-professional simulation training days. An inter-professional learning platform, called NeoSim, was developed to share educational videos that could be accessed by all neonatal staff, midwives and students. This resource shares best practice and supports further learning for regional inter-professional training and provides opportunity across trust partnerships; ensuring continuity of care for parents and babies as they move across neonatal units during their neonatal journey in Northern Ireland.

Jess Talbert

South West Neonatal Network

Jess Talbert

has developed an education platform for all professionals within the South West who work within or are allied to, the speciality of neonatal care. The platform holds learning opportunities for staff and a comprehensive neonatal foundation programme for all new nursing staff joining a neonatal unit or transitional care service within the South West. Jess has worked hard to develop this system to aid practice development and standards of care across the South West network. Her dedication is inspirational.

Current & Previous winners

Maureen O’Dowd and Diane Chalkright - Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital

Practice Improvement Award winners 2023

The NNA is delighted to name Maureen O’Dowd and Diane Chalkright

Practice Improvement Award winners 2023

Maureen & Diane have created regional teaching days for neonatal nurses across Northern Ireland to standardise care and practice. In conjunction with a trainee doctor they have developed and taught on inter-professional simulation training days. An inter-professional learning platform, called NeoSim, was developed to share educational videos that could be accessed by all neonatal staff, midwives and students.

Transitional Care Nursery Nurses, Kirkcaldy Hospital

Practice Improvement Award winners 2022

Transitional Care Nursery Nurses, Kirkcaldy Hospital

Practice Improvement Award Winners 2022

On receiving the award, the nursery nurse team are delighted that we have been recognised for our hard, but fulfilling work within the transitional care area, and this has encouraged us to continue to support our patients, work with other departments and reflect on our care and practice. We have been busy liaising with neonatal teams across Scotland after our profile was raised through winning your practice improvement award.

The team at Wishaw General have been featured on a TV documentary “Tiny Lives” and we been sharing ideas and information to further improve our practice including swaddle bathing and noise reduction to lower stress levels. A decision is yet to be made for the prize money as we are determined to spend this with maximum benefit for our Fife families, and its lovely to have this available to use.

NNA practice development award 2024

Inclusion criteria must reflect the following:

Development or leadership of…….

  • A project or initiative for practice/skills improvement
  • An innovation that has made a positive difference to practice
  • A project or initiative to disseminate learning and promote implementation

Awards information

TERMS: All nominees will be invited to attend the NNA virtual annual conference where the winners will be announced.  Nominees will need to pay for their ticket to attend. Shortlisted nominees will receive a funded ticket.  Nominees can either apply personally or be nominated by their line manager / colleagues / parents. An individual can be nominated for all awards in the same year.  All nomination forms must include a rationale behind why the candidate(s) should win the award. All nominations will be reviewed by three or more NNA board members according to the criteria set for each award.  The 3 highest scoring nominees will be shortlisted.  The winner will be selected by the NNA board. Their decision is final. The winners will be announced and awarded at the NNA virtual annual conference and will be asked to write an article on their achievements for the Journal of Neonatal Nursing. To share initiatives and best practice the winners will also feature in the NNA annual review, social media posts, on the NNA website and at the next NNA conference. All shortlisted nominees will receive a certificate to acknowledge their great work. Winners will also receive NNA membership for one year. Prize money must be paid by invoice. Prize money must be claimed within 12 months of the award. The prize money must be spent to positively impact on practice or improve the neonatal experience for staff, babies or families.

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Dräger is incredibly proud to support the NNA by sponsoring the NNA Shared Learning & Best Practice in Neonatal Care Scholarship.

Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology.

Visit the Dräger website:: https://www.draeger.com/en_uk/Home

The Kate Farrer Foundation was established in memory of Dr Kate Farrer, a distinguished neonatal consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Transport Lead for the East of England. Sadly, Kate died in 2014 following a short illness. Her family set up a foundation in her name & have funded the Kate Farrer Scholarship since 2021.

Visit the Kate Farrer Foundation website: http://www.katefarrer.org/

The NNA is a member of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) who we collaborate and partner with closely. COINN is a global organization that represents nurses who specialize in the care of newborn infants and their families. As a COINN partner, the NNA and its members are part of an international community and voice of neonatal nurses across the world. NNA members are automatically joined to COINN membership and can be a valued and integral part of this global voice.

Visit COINN: https://www.coinnurses.org/

Armstrong Medical is the proud sponsor of the NNA Team of the Year Award. Now part of Eakin Healthcare, the company supports neonatal teams across the world, working closely to understand the challenges and pressures faced.  The company join the NNA praising Neonatal teams for their inspirational work as they deliver care to the tiniest and most vulnerable patients.

Armstrong Medical provide options for heated resus, invasive and non-invasive ventilation. NeoFlow® is a complete range of critical and supportive respiratory solutions, designed to give neonates the best possible start in life, from their very first breath.

Visit the  Armstrong Medical website:

https://www.armstrongmedical.net/care-areas/neonatal-critical-care/

vCreate Diaries is a secure video messaging service providing reassurance to parents in NICUs. The vCreate team is working with us on awareness campaigns, communications and video projects to support families during their neonatal journeys.

Visit the vCreate website:: www.vcreate.tv/diaries

These standards set out the entry and practice learning requirements, curriculum, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award for NMC-approved nursing programmes. They have been designed so that students can get the most out of their education and learn the skills they need to become safe, effective and kind professionals. 

Our updated standards for pre-registration nursing programmes were approved by our Council at its meeting on 25 January 2023 and can now be implemented by Approved education institutions (AEIs).

Resources

These standards set out the entry and practice learning requirements, curriculum, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award for NMC-approved nursing programmes. They have been designed so that students can get the most out of their education and learn the skills they need to become safe, effective and kind professionals. 

 

Our updated standards for pre-registration nursing programmes were approved by our Council at its meeting on 25 January 2023 and can now be implemented by Approved education institutions (AEIs).

Why our standards are important 

Our education and training standards help nursing, midwifery and nursing associate students achieve the NMC standards of proficiency and programme outcomes.

 

All nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professionals must practise in line with the requirements of the Code, the professional standards of practice and behaviour that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are expected to uphold.

 

The standards for education and training includes the Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Standards for student supervision and assessment, and programme standards specific to each approved programme.

 

Our standards for education and training are set out in three parts:

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