Meet the judges – Lizzy Leighton
Lizzy Leighton is a Senior Practice Development Nurse within Critical Care and Theatres at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Pulse interviewed Lizzy to find out why she joined the judging panel and what she was looking for in a finalist.
Tell us about yourself?
I qualified as a nurse in 2000 from King’s College London and have spent the last 15 years in the critical care environment working both clinically and in a practice development role at King’s College Hospital.
How did you become involved with the Pulse Nursing & Care Awards?
A major part of my role is recruitment and we have been working with Pulse for the last couple of years to recruit permanent Band 5 nurses into our critical care and theatre department. I thought the awards were a great idea and when Pulse explained they wanted clients represented on the judging panel I was more than happy to assist.
What have you enjoyed most about being a judge for the Pulse Nursing & Care Awards?
It was a privilege to be involved and to hear about all the fantastic work that is being done all over the country in a variety of critical care areas. Nursing does not always get the best press so high standards, exceptional care and individual achievements should be acknowledged and rewarded.
What were you looking for when shortlisting the finalists?
I was looking for candidates who demonstrated excellence in all areas of the nursing profession. It is not just about the direct clinical care we deliver, but also the care and compassion we show to patients, relatives and fellow staff. It was a tough choice, while some nominees really stood out for their outstanding work and commitment, all of them are deserving of the award and it was hard to choose between them for shortlisting.
Why do you think the Pulse Nursing & Care Awards are important?
It is crucial we recognise the dedication of nurses and other healthcare professionals wherever they work and whoever they work for. These awards give patients, family, friends and colleagues the chance to say thank you and well done. I hope it inspires nurses to continue to do their great work and know they are appreciated.
What are you most looking forward to at the winners’ event?
Meeting all the deserving finalists and being able to celebrate their achievement with them (hopefully with a glass of something bubbly).
For more information about the Pulse Nursing & Care Awards, including the 2016 winners, please visit PulseAwards.co.uk.