New care award launched by NHS

NHS Ayrshire & Arran has introduced a new award to recognise exceptional care in nursing, midwifery and allied health professional staff.

The Isabella Kimmett, Compassionate Care Award has been introduced to recognise all nursing, midwifery and allied health professional colleagues who have provided patients and their families with exceptional care, compassion, dignity and respect.

The award is open to all nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to work in hospitals, community settings such as GP practices, care homes and hospices.

Compassionate care incorporates: dignity and comfort; taking time and patience to listen; offering kindness and warmth; person-centred care and making sure that the patient is involved in decisions and has choice.

Ann Gow, Interim Nurse Director, explains: “This award is named after a former patient whose family have agreed for us to remember their loved one in this way.

“We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible care for all our patients.

“However, we know that often, our staff go over and above and it is those members of staff who we want to know about, and to recognise in this way.

“Four members of staff will receive the award each year and we need people to let us know when they have received exceptional care.”

If you know of a staff member who has exceeded expectations and deserves this recognition, you can nominate in the following ways:

Telephoning 0800 169 1441 and asking for an ‘Isabella Kimmett, Compassionate Care Award’ form to be sent to you.

Emailing your nomination to

The closing date for nominations for this period is Tuesday 30 June 2015.