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8 June 2018

Community nurse from Kent makes finals of UK’s top national nursing awards

Health visitor, Julia Haynes, has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 RCNi Nurse Awards, the UK’s most prestigious nursing accolade. Following the award’s highest ever number of nominations in its 31-year history, a panel of expert judges has whittled down over 700 entries to just five inspirational finalists for each award category, and Julia Haynes is a finalist in the Community Nursing Award category. The RCNi Nurse Awards identify and celebrate nurses who, every day, go above and beyond to save lives, provide outstanding care for patients and transform nursing practice for the better.

Concerned about increasing numbers of children not developmentally ready for school, health visitor Julia Haynes created Born to Move. The initiative improves parents’ understanding of the importance of movement and interaction from birth. Ms Haynes’ workshops have been attended by more than 3,000 staff over three years. She has developed an app and a page is inserted into every child record book in Kent. Evidence shows a vast improvement in the number of babies crawling in the first year – up from 30% to 94% at the end of the pilot.

Rachel Armitage, Managing Director at RCNi, said: “The RCNi panel of professional judges voted Julia Haynes as a finalist because of her incredible story and because of the impact she has had within the community. With the nursing shortage high on the national agenda, it’s important that we give nurses like Julia the recognition they deserve, and we look forward to celebrating her work at the awards in July.”

The hunt for Britain’s nursing heroes started back in December 2017, led by Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, and will culminate in a glamorous awards ceremony on 4th July in central London. Nurses were able to nominate themselves or their colleagues across 14 different categories ranging from Mental Health and Cancer, to Emergency and Student Nursing.

Kate Garraway, RCNi Nurse Awards Ambassador 2018, said “The 2018 RCNi Nurse Award Finalists are all incredible. So often nurses don’t get the recognition they deserve and I can’t wait to celebrate their hard work and dedication at the ceremony in July – if it was up to me I’d crown them all as winners.”

Julia will now go through to the interview stage of the judging process, ahead of the awards ceremony in July.

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