RSSTMONICA Emily Award 18

Surprise gold award tops amazing year for Emily

A St Monica Trust colleague received a surprise award during a visit by the UK’s top nurse.

Emily Pimm was presented with a Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Gold Award by the Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care, Deborah Sturdy during a visit to The Chocolate Quarter.

The Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards acknowledge and reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by social care workers and nurses in England.

They celebrate nurses and care workers who go above and beyond their everyday roles to provide excellent care, leadership and inspiration to their colleagues and people who use their services.

Emily said: “I had no idea Deborah was about to present me with a Gold Award and it was a big surprise to me. I feel incredibly honoured and proud of this award, and to be part of the recognition taking place across social care at the moment - what an amazing year it has been!”

Lamp Carrier

Emily qualified as a nurse in 2006 and works as a Social Care Deputy Manager at the Trust’s John Wills House Care Home. In 2022 she was awarded a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

A major piece of work undertaken by Emily at John Wills House Care Home this year was researching the issue of loneliness and social isolation among residents, and implementing interventions to manage this risk. This work is due to be published in a CPD article in the RCN Nursing Older People Journal.

In May she was the first nurse from the adult social care sector to be chosen as the Lamp Carrier at the Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service, while her work as the Co-Chair of the South West Social Care Nurse Advisory Council has given her a national and regional platform to promote social care nurses.

Deborah Sturdy said: “I was delighted to present Emily with a Chief Nurse Gold Award in recognition of her contribution to Social Care Nursing.

"Emily has been supporting the development of the Social Care Nursing Network in the south west and was the first-ever nurse from Social Care to carry the lamp at this year’s Florence Nightingale Commemoration service - a truly landmark occasion and one which demonstrates her leadership within the specialism.”

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