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A Collective Voice in Nursing

Posted on the 18th May 2015

Nurses from across Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust came together to celebrate the remarkable work they do as part of International Nurses Day to mark the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on the 12 May.

A range of nurses from across mental health and community services attended the event held at Ewood Park in Blackburn. It provided the opportunity for the collective voice of the Trust’s nursing family to acknowledge, listen, share and discuss the issues that impact on the effectiveness of care for the people they serve across Lancashire. The focus of the day was looking at NHS England’s 6Cs of Care, Compassion, Communication, Competence, Commitment and Courage and involved various fun activities and games.

Dee Roach, Director of Nursing and Quality at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Throughout the organisation I see absolutely fantastic examples of high quality and compassionate care by nurses in sometimes challenging circumstances. Nurses Day is about celebrating and sharing this fantastic work and the incredible contribution that they make to patient’s lives. It also provides the opportunity to connect with other nurses who work in a variety of specialities from across the organisation to have a conversation and listen to what their peers have to say and why they are proud to be a nurse working at Lancashire Care.

“The direction for nursing in our organisation is something that is very important to me and I am clear that the people who will influence that direction are those doing the job at the point of care. I am incredibly proud of all our nurses and appreciative of everything that they do.”

Heather Tierney-Moore, who is a nurse by background and Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“I am delighted the event was such a success and it is a testament to the teamwork of our nursing leaders who are helping to give all our nurses a collective sense of purpose and strength of voice within the nursing professions and at the Trust. It is important that we maintain the pride and teamwork that was evident throughout the day and continue to showcase the talent within our nursing teams. This in turn helps us provide high quality excellent care for the people we serve. Being strong together as nurses and being proud of what we do is all part of our future and our success.”

Nurses Day was part of the Trust’s ‘Appreciate a Nurse Week’ and there were lots more events, activities and celebrations happening across all teams and services throughout the week. You can follow the activities and find photos of the events by following #AppreciateANurse and the Trust’s Twitter account @LancashireCare.