Solent NHS Trust has announced the winner of its inaugural Nurse of the Year Award.

Vanessa Bull, a Learning Disability Nurse, was presented with the award at Solent NHS Trust’s Celebrating Nursing conference today, Friday 10 May 2019.

Vanessa Bull and Sue Harriman

The award gave patients and Solent colleagues the opportunity to recognise those who really make a difference and is part of Solent NHS Trust’s celebration of International Nurses Day 2019 on Sunday 12 May.

Vanessa works within the Jigsaw team based at Southampton Civic Offices, which supports disabled children and young people as well as their families.

She is described by her colleagues as someone who always goes the extra mile and is truly passionate about getting the best outcomes for the children that she works with.

The panel of patients, volunteers and staff, selected Vanessa for her high standards, superb care that she provides to patients and her humble and impressive attitude.

On receiving the award, Vanessa said: “It was very unexpected, but it was lovely to win the award. All the nominees were amazing and everyone does such a fantastic job so it makes the award extra special.”

Solent NHS Trust Chief Nurse Jackie Ardley said: “We are very fortunate to have some incredible people working within Solent. The panel read through many fantastic nominations and it was such a difficult decision to choose a winner.

“It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the winner – Vanessa Bull – for her phenomenal work, particularly over the last 12 months. Vanessa clearly demonstrated the Solent values and shows outstanding innovation, compassion, as well as excellence.

“The conference was such a wonderful event and it was a pleasure to be able to recognise everyone’s hard work and dedication across the day. All our nurses have been pivotal in helping us achieve an ‘outstanding’ rating at providing caring services in our recent Care Quality Commission report. Together we can continue to learn and keep even more people safe and well at, or close to, home.

“We had 11 nurses shortlisted for the award, and just to be shortlisted is such a great achievement. All the nominees should be incredibly proud of themselves.”

All nurses, both registered and non-registered and working in Solent services, were eligible for a nomination.