The annual award scheme, which is now in its fourth year, aims to recognise the significant – but often overlooked – contribution of mental health and learning disability nurses to the NHS in Wales.
The awards are intended for individuals or teams that are working within mental health, child and adolescent mental health services, and learning disability services within NHS Wales.
This year’s awards are being expanded to highlight the role of nurses in child and adolescent mental health services as well as a new award voted for by patients.
Mrs Hart said:
I presented last year’s awards and was extremely impressed by the standard of nominations and the winning entrants. I know that the judges had a difficult time in coming up with the winners. That shows the exceptional work that goes on every day in caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Often the work of mental health nurses and learning disability nurses gets overlooked, but they have an important role to play in the health service.
The awards recognize the significant contribution that nurses are making to modernize our mental health and learning disability services.
I would encourage anyone – whether you are a colleague or a patient – to consider nominating a mental health or learning disability nurse. I have no doubt the quality of entrants will be as high as last year.
The awards will be presented by the new Chief Executive of NHS Wales Paul Williams at a ceremony at the All Nations Centre, Cardiff on 26 March 2008.
John Abbott of Hafal and from the Wales Alliance for Mental Health (WAMH), which brings together charities working in the field of mental health in Wales, added:
The Wales Alliance for Mental Health welcomes the decision to recognise the very important role played by mental health nurses in supporting and aiding the recovery of people with a mental illness in Wales.
WAMH is very pleased to offer its support in raising awareness of this award and encourages nominations from across Wales.
15 December 2008