Nurse recognised for outstanding leadership

Pictured: Rhiannon Alcock, Senior Sister on Royal Stoke's acute rehabilitation and trauma unit (ARTU)

A nurse on Royal Stoke's acute rehabilitation and trauma unit (ARTU) is helping to improve patient care and lift staff morale. Rhiannon Alcock (pictured) stepped into the role of Senior Sister recently and has been commended by staff for the difference she has made over the last few months.

Donna Bailey, Discharge Facilitator, said: "From the moment she stepped up into the post Rhiannon has shown incredible drive and determination, supporting patients as well as staff. She has gone over and above to help guide the team to great things and make massive improvements in so many areas on the ward. Staff morale has greatly improved due her to incredible and infectious personality and her on-going aim for excellence in all areas. Her commitment towards patients and their experience whilst in our care is amazing and she is a great role model, not only to established nurses but to newly qualified and nursing students. She is an outstanding nurse leader and an absolute credit to ARTU and UHNM."

Rhiannon has been given the Employee of the Month award in recognition of her achievements.

Rhiannon said: "I am so thankful to have been nominated as employee of the month by three members of my team. I have found being a ward sister hugely challenging but just as rewarding. As a team we have faced and overcome many challenges this year, which has resulted in great achievements including winning 'clinical team of the year!' I will be forever grateful to the team for their support, resilience, motivation and positive attitude. They work incredibly hard every day and night, I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be their ward sister. Thank you!"