Praise is heaped on nursing team

A NURSING team praised for ‘going the extra mile’ is celebrating after winning an outstanding achievement award in the Sussex Proud to Care Nursing Awards.

The Seal Medical Group in Selsey were nominated 21 times, and every nurse at the practice was individually recognised by the public.

The team were handpicked for the award by Julia Dutchman-Bailey, nurse director of the Surrey and Sussex Area Team of NHS England.

“The overwhelming themes from these nominations were all the nurses being helpful, that they would go that extra mile, offering services to patients even if it meant they had to stay or rearrange their commitments, and always had a smile for their patients,” said Julia.

“Patients said they felt confident in the care they received and this had a positive impact on their lives.”

Dr Hilary Platts, senior partner at Seal Medical Group said she was proud of the nursing team and ‘thrilled’ their dedication had been recognised by patients.

“We are a relatively small but extremely busy practice, this reassurance and acknowledgement by our patients means so much,” she said.

“For everyone at Seal Medical Group it was fantastic and very well-received news. The award has taken pride of place on reception and further congratulations have been flooding in.”

Seal Medical Group is part of NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group – the new organisation comprising local GP practices which is responsible for commissioning the majority of local health services.

Dr Katie Armstrong, clinical chief officer for NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, said: “Care and compassion should be at the heart of all that we do for our patients, their families and loved ones, and this shows the nursing team at Seal really are getting this right.”

The ceremony, which also praised nursing homes took place at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton last month. There were six categories recognising compassion, care, courage, competence commitment and communication.