Above and beyond the call of duty: University of Northampton nursing graduates receive county quality awards

News Page 5th December 2017

Two University of Northampton mental health nursing graduates have won county awards for going above and beyond the call of duty and providing exceptional patient care.

David Boylings and Helen Took, both Community Psychiatric nurses, received commendations at the annual Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) Quality Awards, held last week.

David received the Patient Choice Award for leading and providing compassionate care after being nominated by a patient.

On arrival at a routine home visit, David found his patient suffering from a medical emergency and called the paramedics.  The patient was rushed to A&E and given an antidote injection for anaphylactic shock.  With David’s quick thinking and knowledge, he saved the patient’s life.

Helen won the Quality Care Award for her outstanding and dedication to improving quality wellbeing and safety of both clients and staff, particularly for a client with terminal cancer.

Helen helped them to set their affairs in place, attend appointments with them and ensured they were safe and cared for during this period of their life.

Angela Hillery Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am extremely proud of all our Quality Award winners for 2017, it’s the actions of people like David and Helen that are making a difference to people’s lives day in day out.

“I’m so pleased they have been recognised for the hard work and dedication they provide every day within the Trust and I hope they are feeling proud and valued to have been nominated and selected to win these awards.”

Donna Bray, Subject Lead for Nursing at the University of Northampton, echoed Angela’s thoughts: “These award wins are fantastic news and can be added to the roll call of brilliant nurses who study with us at Northampton. Well done to David and Helen!”

See the NHFT website for more about the awards.

To find out more about our nursing courses, come and talk to our subject team by registering for our next Open Day on 13 January 2018.

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