A hospital trust is celebrating a double win at a nursing awards ceremony.

Watford General Hospital junior charge nurse Suraj Kumar won ‘preceptor of the year’ for his work nurturing nurses and midwives during their first year following qualification.

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust also won ‘best employer for staff recognition and engagement’ at the 2022 Nursing Times Workforce Award.

The latter was in recognition of the trust’s clinical supervision programme.

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Chief nurse Tracey Carter said: “It is amazing to see so many of our teams and individuals recognised in these prestigious awards. It reflects just how fantastic our hard-working staff are.

“The competition was extremely tough this year with over 330 entries submitted to the awards, making our incredible feat of being shortlisted in six categories and double award winners even more special.”

Watford Observer: The Nursing Times Workforce Awards ceremonyThe Nursing Times Workforce Awards ceremony (Image: West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)

Trust chief executive Matthew Coats added: “Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in this year’s awards. It is fantastic to see our wonderful staff and their innovative initiatives celebrated in such a way.”

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The clinical supervision team was also shortlisted for ‘best staff wellbeing initiative’ and ‘best use of workplace technology’, while clinical skills facilitator in acute medicine, Kelsie Richardson-Martin, was shortlisted for ‘practice educator of the year’.

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