Clinical Manager Lindsay Rees has been awarded one of professional nursing’s top accolades.
Judges at the Royal College of Nursing declared her the winner of the Nursing Older People category at this year’s RCNi Nurse Awards.
It follows the success of a new risk assessment strategy Lindsay has introduced, to help reduce the number of falls experienced by frail and older residents.
Speaking after the awards ceremony in London, Lindsay said: “The most overwhelming thing is to be in the room with so many amazing nurses from across the NHS and elsewhere and then to hear your name read out. I was genuinely surprised.”
Lindsay designed her falls strategy to help nurses and care staff identify and manage risk factors. The approach is deliberately positive, allowing residents to maintain freedom and mobility.
A 24-week pilot at our Salisbury nursing home Braemar Lodge led to 47% fewer falls per week, while our dedicated dementia home in Poole, The Aldbury, saw a 35% drop in falls.
The techniques and resources are now being rolled out to other homes, where reductions in the numbers of falls are already being observed.
Lindsay added: “I am delighted about the positive effect on the wellbeing of individual older people living in our homes, as well as the great staff engagement achieved with this project.”
RCNi judge Caroline Shuldham said: “Lindsay’s initiative succeeded not only in reducing the incidence and burden of falls in her care home residents and making the environment safer, but achieving this while maximising residents’ personal freedom and opportunities to pursue the activities they enjoy.”
Now in their 32nd year, the Nurse Awards cover all aspects of nursing and mainly attract entries from across the NHS. This year saw 700 entries in 16 categories.