It’s a lucky day for three homeless health services, who have been shortlisted for prestigious Nursing Times Awards.
Pathway homeless hospital teams at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bevan Healthcare CiC in Bradford will be going head to head in the HRH Prince of Wales Nursing category, whilst Pathway’s Nursing Fellow is up for the Technology and Data in Nursing award.
People experiencing homelessness often have serious physical and mental health problems and are more likely to face difficult and sometimes life-threatening illnesses such as tuberculosis, Hepatitis, epilepsy, heart disease, stroke and asthma.
Pathway helps hospitals to set up teams to support homeless patients during their admission, and make sure they have somewhere safe to sleep when they are discharged, help with financial and legal issues, links to day centres and support services and clean clothes and toiletries.
Dr Nigel Hewett, Medical Director of Pathway said:
“Nurses play a key role in homelessness teams and change the lives of patients who are homeless with their compassionate care and clinical excellence. We’re incredibly proud of the teams who have been shortlisted and look forward to some friendly rivalry on the night.”
We are delighted to announce that Pathway has won the 2016 Kate Granger award for compassionate care.
Chris Pointon, Kate Granger’s husband, read the result and we were presented with the award by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in front of an audience of health service colleagues at the NHS Expo in Manchester.
This is a huge honour for all the Pathway teams working day-in-day-out with homeless patients in hospital, and a recognition of their hard work and dedication to helping socially excluded people.
“Pathway helps homeless people by bringing together professionals in hospitals. Over 3000 patients every year rely on the kindness, compassion and expertise of Pathway teams across the country. We are delighted that their hard work has been recognised”
Kate Granger was a Consultant Geriatrician and campaigner for better patient care. After being diagnosed with cancer she began the “#hellomynameis” campaign, encouraging healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients before beginning treatment.
Sadly Kate died earlier this year, but before her death she chose the winners of the awards she helped to set up.
The awards will presented by Kate’s husband at the NHS Expo on 7th September.
It’s been a great first half of the year at Pathway, with awards all round. Nurse Florence Cumberbatch, who is part of the UCLH Pathway Team was awarded a commendation as Employee of the Month, following nomination by numerous staff and colleagues. Florence has been part of the team working exclusively with homeless patients since 2009. Her dedication and hard work have helped hundreds of patients recover from illnesses and injuries resulting from homelessness.
Last week Pathway won the London Learning Consortium (LLC) Employer of the Year Award. Pathway has worked with LLC since 2013, we were nominated for our work training formerly homeless people to become with Care Navigators for homeless hospital patients.
And Giving Them too!
We’ve also been giving awards. Two honorary fellowships to the Faculty of Homeless and Inclusion Health were presented at this year’s International Symposium. Nurse Jane Grey and Dr Les Goldman were recognised for their career-long commitment to healthcare for homeless people.
These awards not only reward and acknowledge the hard work and incredible compassion we see from clinicians every day, but demonstrate the important role of inclusion health in continuing a long tradition of fairness in the NHS.