Nurse Jodie Deards, who champions unpaid carers to ensure their needs are met within the hospital trust she works for has won a Royal College of Nursing RCNi Nurse Award.
Jodie Deards, Carers Lead at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust won the Commitment to Carers award and was presented with a trophy by Kate Garraway at the awards ceremony in London on May 5th 2017.
Jodie has been involved in implementing strategies to help carers visiting patients such as 24 hour visiting, car park discounts and snack packs for carers to have with the patient when they have their evening meal.
She has also worked with us and now carers who have our Carers’ Passport Discount Card can receive discounts in the restaurants and cafes at Lister Hospital, Stevenage and the other three hospitals run by the Trust.
She has also supported Trust staff by producing information for them about carers and the support available from organisations outside the hospital once the patient is discharged. The information also helps staff identify carers or to encourage carers to identify themselves.
Jodie said: “I was absolutely surprised but thrilled to win the award. To have all the changes that I have implemented at Lister Hospital be nationally recognised is amazing. It shows that we are on the right track with supporting carers when they come into hospital. The best part about the project are the patients and carers experiences and the positive feedback has been humbling.”
NHS England Experience of Care Lead Jen Kenward, said: “Jodie has demonstrated exceptional leadership in developing her programme. She not only understands the added pressure carers’ experience when a love one is in hospital, but critically recognises them as expert partners in care.”
Jen continued: “Jodie is driving cultural change within her trust and improving integrated working with key community partners.”
(picture courtesy of Barney Newman).