The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that our Head of Nursing for Children and Young People, Robert Cole, and Kevin Ramjeet, Head of Nursing for Mental Health, are finalists in the RCN Awards. These prestigious awards recognise excellence in nursing and its contributions to outstanding patient care.
Robert and Kevin were chosen as finalists from more than 520 entries for the RCN’s Child Health Award. The entry was for their work together to improve the experience of children, family and caregivers presenting with mental health and behavioural crisis in an acute paediatric setting within a district general hospital.
Shirley Peterson, Divisional Director of Midwifery and Nursing, Women’s, Children and Sexual Health said: “Congratulations to Robert for being shortlisted as a finalist for the Child Health Award. Robert is a dedicated and compassionate Head of Nursing, who recognises the growing impact that mental health issues are having on families. Robert always goes above and beyond to find innovative ways to support both the child and their families at times of crisis."
Jo Peck, Director of Nursing at University Hospital Lewisham added: “We are proud that Kevin has been named a finalist for the Child Health Award. Kevin is a kind and compassionate Head of Nursing for Mental Health, who is dedicated to helping and supporting our most vulnerable patients. I wish Kevin and Robert the best of luck for the Royal College of Nursing Awards in October.”
Robert Cole said: “I am very excited and feel overwhelmed to be a finalist, as it is such a privilege. To have the innovation acknowledged by an independent panel of judges is amazing and echoes the feedback that we are receiving from our patients, their families and staff at the Trust. It gives me pleasure and pride to know that the initiative is making a positive difference in our patients’ lives and giving them hope and motivation for the future.”
Kevin Ramjeet said: "I am delighted, and it brings me great pleasure to know that our initiative is making a real difference in the lives of children and young people who are experiencing mental health and behavioural disturbances. Being nominated for this award is all about the people I work with, and we could not have done it without their passion, dedication, and commitment to improving patient care and making a difference."
This year the awards will be returning to a live in-person awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on Thursday 6 October 2022.
The RCN Nursing Awards is an action-packed night that celebrates the outstanding achievements of the finalists, culminating in the announcement of the award category winners and the RCN Nurse of the Year.
Pictured below: Robert Cole, Head of Nursing for Children and Young People
Pictured below: Kevin Ramjeet, Head of Nursing for Mental health