Week-long festivities as Trust celebrates colleagues

From 9 May to 16 May, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) celebrated Midwives Day, International Nurses’ Day and Operating Department Practitioner Day.

In total, there are around 2,000 Registered Nurses, 300 Midwives and 70 Operating Department Practitioners working within Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital.

To mark the days, senior nurses visited wards and services across Trust sites with a tea trolley, offering a brew, a Team DBTH branded insulated travel mug, and to share both a biscuit and a simple ‘thank you’ for everything that colleagues do day in and day out.

Colleagues were also spotlighted on social media, sharing their journey within the NHS, their experiences and advice they have for the generation of health and social care workers.

Each profession celebrated were entered into a special giveaway; with a number of £25 Love2Shop vouchers given away at random to more than 16 colleagues across the Trust.

Specifically for International Nurses Day, two events were held between Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The talks revolved around the theme ‘Nurses: A voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and Respect to Secure Global Health’, with speakers such as Dr Michelle Acorn, Chief Nurse of the International Council of Nurses and Professor Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Education Practice.

The event was the first ever conference of its kind organised in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS).

Professor Parveen Ali, DBTH’s very first Professor of Nursing, said: “The quality of the work presented by nurses from across the region was excellent and participants found it inspirational and motivating. People joined us from various parts of the world.”

Sponsored by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS, the event was one of many to come whose aim is to provide a platform for nurses working at DBTH and within the region, Professor Parveen Ali explained.

To conclude the event, Parveen was joined Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair of the Trust, and Abigail Trainer, Acting Chief Nurse, to offer a few words as well as a slice of cake to all attendees.

Abigail Trainer said: “Celebrating our wonderful colleagues this week is just one way we can show our appreciation for all that they do.

“I am incredibly proud to be part of team DBTH. Our staff continue to impress me with their level of dedication to patients, and sincerity towards one another.

“During this happy week, we hope you all feel recognised. Thank you.”

To read the full abstract for the International Nurses Day events, click here.

To access posters and resources from the day, follow this link to the padlet for posters.