Nurse Emma wins national award for work at Bury St Edmunds surgery
A Bury St Edmunds nurse was among the winners at the national Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse Awards.
Emma Williamson, who works at Angel Hill Surgery, was presented with the Wound Prevention and Treatment Award at a prestious event held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, in London, last Thursday.
Emma, from Fornham All Saints, said: “It was probably one of the most inspirational evenings. It was fantastic to listen to all of the stories of the hard work of the nurses around us – they’re just doing their job. They’re doing their job then going an extra mile. It was fantastic to see what everyone was doing.”
Emma won the award for the clinic she runs at Angel Hill Surgery which helps with the management of leg ulcers, increasing the number of healed wounds, improving patient experience and freeing up time for community and practice nurses.
She was up against Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol Community Health and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust –Angel Hill Surgery was the only GP practice nominated.
“The best thing about it was that we were the only GP surgery to be in the final everyone else was from big organisations and trusts. Why would a doctors’ surgery in Bury win this award?
“The award was the second from last called, so we had to wait an hour and a half, it was nail biting,” said Emma. “When they said my name I was a bit like ‘what?’”
Emma attended the ceremony with Lauren Thurston, the practice manager, and Dr Laura Leech.
“My kids had waited up till gone 10 o’clock at night because they couldn’t sleep. They were screaming down the phone saying that’s amazing. I felt really humbled that I’d been selected, the whole thing I just can’t put into words,” she said.
Emma said she was also sitting next to a representative for primary care at NHS England who spoke to her about the clinic and taking it up to a national level.
A patient at the surgery has also put Angel Hill forward for the General Practice Choice awards, a national GP awards ceremony, which are nominated by patients.