I spent a wonderful afternoon last Friday (22.6.18) talking to nurses about their work and paying tribute to their dedication at a Care and Cake Garden Party run by Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
When we were asked to be the main partner for the Cavell Star Awards and the associated celebration event, it really wasn’t a hard decision at all.
At LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare we employ a lot of nurses – nearly 350 around the country. They are out there, in the field, many of them visiting patients in their own homes, in remote locations and places where they can’t always predict what they are going to find.
And for us to treat our nurses with humanity and care means that they treat patients with humanity and care. So to support an organisation — Cavell Nurses — that has those qualities at its very core is so aligned with what we do, that’s what made the decision so easy for us.
I mentioned to a number of people I met at the event that we are in a really interesting moment in terms of the health system in this country. We have just had a huge cash injection for the NHS and whether in the public or private sector, much of our time is occupied by evaluating what value is found in healthcare; what is it that pays off, what gives us a good return on investment, what is the best way to invest the money that we have access to.
When it comes to nursing, that equation is actually really, really simple. That is because you can’t put a price on the value of a nurse sitting down to hold the hand of a patient, talking to a family or just spending a bit of time with someone. That value is infinite.
We know that environments with strong nursing, where patients are nursed with the appropriate numbers, experience and training which have the patient at the core, deliver the best patient outcomes. So when we have nurses at the centre, delivering the right level of expertise and care, they will always deliver value to the health care economy.
When I look at the reasons for LPCH sponsoring this event, two things come to mind:
- It’s about paying it back, it’s about saying thank you to nurses all across the country for all that they do, their dedication and commitment
- It’s also about paying it forward. I have absolutely no doubt that if we look after our nurses of this generation, they will look after the nurses of the next generation, they will mentor and support and that’s what’s really important because we need to create a sustainable pipeline of expert nurses in this country. When I look at some of the winners of the Cavell Star Awards, so many of them have mentioned to me the words mentor or role model. If we invest in them now, they will pay it forward to the next generation.
And why tea? Well, I found out that the esteemed Florence Nightingale once said that the only English patients she had ever known refuse a cup of tea were those that were suffering from typhus. The first sign of them getting better was their craving for tea.
Tea is at the core of what we do. Tea and care really matter. I am so grateful that we have been able to be a part of the wonderful event to celebrate nurses and their work. It makes us very proud and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Cavell Nurses.
Image shows Dr Silver (centre) with Cavell Star Award winners from LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare