FoNS has always been keen to acknowledge and raise the profile of the excellent work that nurses, midwives and health visitors do in practice and the innovative ways in which they achieve high quality care. Rewarding excellence is simply, but most importantly about recognising and rewarding practitioners who demonstrate achievement and/or excellence in developing practice. It also ensures that innovations in practice that improve healthcare are shared more widely and that the profile of practice-based development, research and evaluation is raised.
Until 2008, FoNS has run an awards programme covering four categories:
- The Mallabar Award for nurses, midwives and health visitors who have developed good practice initiatives that have improved patient care. This award was funded by FoNS
- The Richard Tompkins Award for Nurse-Led Care for nurses, midwives and health visitors who have developed nurse-led initiatives that improve the accessibility and responsiveness of services for patients. This award was funded by the Tompkins Foundation
- Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund (BHSF) Award for User Involvement in Care for nurses, midwives and health visitors who have worked in partnership with patients, carers or other users to develop practice initiatives. This award was funded by BHSF
- The Elsevier Award for the Evaluation of Healthcare Practice for nurses, midwives and health visitors who have undertaken a project that demonstrates how developments in healthcare practice can be evaluated. This award was funded by Elsevier Publishing
In addition to the above awards, FoNS were delighted to work with the Nursing Times in 2000 on the leadership awards for Sisters, Charge Nurses and Community Team Leaders.
FoNS has also supported a number of awards for nursing networks. These include; the Developing Practice Network, the Lecturer Practitioner Forum, the Transcultural Nursing and Healthcare Association and the National Network for Learning Disability Nurses.
If you would like to know more about the FoNS Awards and previous winners, click on the links below: