20 Jul 2016
Lucy Emms and Nana Owusu, clinical nurse specialists at Hounslow Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, have both been shortlisted for Nursing Times 2016 Awards.
Lucy has been shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category, which recognises individuals who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them in their day-to-day role.
Nana has been shortlisted for a Rising Star Award, which recognises nurses who demonstrate exceptional qualities that embody the best of nursing, and the leadership skills to inspire others to follow their example.
Lucy has dedicated the past 15 years to working with children and young people who have been diagnosed with neuro-developmental disorders. She has developed and runs support groups for parents of children with ADHD, and runs psycho-education and treatment groups for children with ADHD.
Lucy’s commitment has been life changing for many. One service user said: “When things had spiralled out of control, she somehow took the intensity away almost immediately, making everything become manageable and less daunting and thus enabling us to work things through.”
Nana has committed much of her personal time to engaging young people in attending user involvement groups and has played a key role in several user involvement projects. She is currently working on a collaborative national mental health anti stigma campaign with Kick it Out (Football’s equality and inclusion organisation) and she has also sown the seeds for a new collaborative project with The Self Esteem Team.
Several of the young people Nana has supported have credited User Involvement as being key to their recovery, with one young person recently stating that “it empowered me and gave me confidence and built my self-esteem”.
Winners of the Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 26 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Ann Simms, lead nurse, said: “I am thrilled that Lucy is finally receiving the recognition she deserves. Lucy is an inspirational nurse, excellent role model and highly valued colleague, who has made an immense positive impact on so many children, young people and their families.
“Nana truly deserves this recognition for her dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality care for children and young people with mental health problems and their families. She shows incredible empathy and commitment to providing dignified, respectful and compassionate care to all service users and she strives to make a significant difference. She is an exceptional nurse who stands out in the crowd and who will go very far in her career.
“I wish both Lucy and Nana every success and am looking forward to celebrating with them at the Awards Ceremony in October.”