Divisional Clinical Lead Nurse for Mental Health, Tom Parker-Evans, has won the British Journal of Nursing Mental Health Nurse of the Year award. One in four people experience a mental health problem every year in the UK and the NHS is heavily reliant on mental health nurses. The work they do, day in, day out, is invaluable.
The award ceremony took place at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London on Friday 8 March 2019. The candidates had to evidence their contribution to Mental Health Nursing, how it impacted patient care and how does it benefit Mental Health Nursing as whole.
Tom Parker-Evans, Divisional Clinical Lead Nurse for Mental Health said: "I am delighted and shocked to have won this award, being the clinical lead nurse for mental health is quite a unique role so it's great to get this recognition and winning this award will only continue to compound my commitment and passion for this wonderful field of nursing and inspire me to carry on making changes that ultimately impact our staff and our patients.
"I have worked alongside my colleagues to improve the mental health of patients who attend UHNM and other healthcare centres in the region. I have been determined to create a healthcare system that promotes and sustains integrated working with professionals, challenging the status quo and make it possible for mental health nurses to work in general clinical environments showcasing our skills and abilities in all areas of nursing, pushing boundaries and setting a new way of thinking about mental health nursing.
"My dream when I qualified was to bridge the gap with mental health and physical health and I am doing that now, it's been hard but I have achieved this and I won't stop until this is adopted at a national level – Always believe that change is possible."