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Sue Pembrey Award

Nominations for 2017 are now closed

Dr Sue Pembrey was one of the UK's outstanding nursing leaders of the late twentieth century. Her primary contributions included supporting the academic development of clinical nursing and the development of nursing practice through the strengthening of the ward sister's leadership role and pioneering a commitment to patient/person-centred hospital care.

The Sue Pembrey Award aims to sustain the translation of her research and practice development contribution regarding the vital role clinical leaders play in creating person-centred cultures and high quality nursing care, within which all can flourish.

Nominations are invited to recognise an exemplary nurse/midwife leader (such as, a Ward Manager/ Sister/ Charge Nurse / Midwife Team Leader, Community Team Leader, Care Home Manager) who leads care delivery, who is an excellent role model, leading and demonstrating a commitment to enabling care (wherever it takes place) that is person centred, high quality and safe; delivered by a team who feel supported and valued.

We welcome both self-nominations or nominations, from those who wish to highlight themselves as a leader or propose a leader from any area of health and social care who they believe merits this recognition. Nominees must have a current NMC registration and have been in their role for a minimum of 18 months (those in acting up role are eligible). 

Judging criteria

The judges are looking for a leader that: 

  • Has a clear vison for person centred practice which is shared by the team and is experienced in health and social care practice
  • Inspires and motivates staff to achieve the best service and care outcomes for themselves and for patients, service users, residents and families
  • Enables those who give and those who receive care to flourish
  • Creates a care environment/workplace where attributes of trust, caring, empathy, mutual respect, continued personal and professional development, innovation, creativity and ethical conduct are modelled and supported
  • Promotes and enables workplace learning and innovation
  • Role models and mentors staff, promoting reflective practice, critical thinking and evaluation
  • Promotes and enhances the image of nursing within their workplace, organisation and the profession 

Submitting a nomination

The nomination form must be completed in full and submitted with a minimum of 3 pieces of evidence/letters of support, one of which must be from their Director of Nursing or equivalent.

Completed nomination forms and all supporting evidence must be submitted by email in one document to:

Debbie Warren, FoNS Communications and Administration Officer: [email protected]

Closing date: 5pm Thursday 17th August 2017

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone on Wednesday 6th September 2017.