• Posted on: 14 February 2020
  • By: sharron

Northumbria Primary Care has won three awards at the General Practice Nursing Angels of the North Awards 2020, held this week at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham.

The NHS England and Improvement annual awards ceremony, which was attended by over 100 people and is in its second year, recognises and celebrates the achievements of and innovation in General Practice Nursing.

Northumbria Primary Care had six finalists shortlisted in seven categories.

Neal Bradford, a healthcare assistant at Cramlington Medical Group GP Practice, won the award for Outstanding Healthcare Support Worker.

Coming into the role, he quickly identified areas for improvement within the practice and implemented gold standard practice prior to a CQC inspection, which in part lead to one of the ratings being upgraded to outstanding.

Northumbria Primary Care’s, Matron, Maria Towart said: “Team members comment how Neal is the glue that holds their team together, having this kind of impact is a fantastic achievement given his short time in practice”.

Neal said: “I am so proud of myself, but at the same time I was shocked. Having only been in this role for eight months, I can’t believe I have been able to make an impression on my team already.”

Currently in the process of completing his care certificate to move to the role of Nursing Associate, he aims to qualify as a practice nurse.

Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner at Ponteland Medical Group GP Practice, Simon Warne, 51, from North Shields, won the Education Award.

Having identified his educational talent, he became part of Northumbria Primary Care’s simulation team as an instructor with a new concept of simulation training, which offers a learning environment that mirrors real-life work and scenarios through physical, hands-on experiences for Primary Care staff. Simon’s contribution supported the work published in the medical research journal, The BMJ.

A Nurse Practitioner colleague said: “I work alongside Simon and learn from him most days. He remains calm, is direct, and is very confident in what he does. He is an amazing teacher.”

On winning the award Simon said: “I was surprised about winning the award, I didn’t realise that my personality would be able to contribute to my teaching, so I am completely honoured my colleagues feel this way.”

Maria Towart, a Matron and Nurse Practitioner, from Ashington, who is responsible for thirty-five nursing staff across Northumbria Primary Care, covering seven practices, won the Outstanding Leadership Award.

Maria has supported her team to deliver excellent patient care by enhancing care for patients with long term conditions with structured support planning. As well as continuously improving and modernising primary care nursing by introducing clinical supervision and a quality review process for all nurses.

Maria, 46, said: "I am honoured and humbled to receive this award especially in the Year of the Nurse/Midwife 2020.  I have a fantastic team of nurses and healthcare assistants who inspire me, I could not do my job without their support.   

I share this award with them and I hope we continue to build on our success in the future to improve, support, maintain and develop high quality patient care"

Julie Danskin, Managing Director at Northumbria Primary Care, said: “Maria has developed a culture of care and support and has undoubtedly enhanced both patient care and the profession of primary care nursing

I am exceptionally proud and recognise the fantastic achievement and hard work of all the nursing staff within Northumbria Primary Care”