Essex nurses and midwives celebrated

A series of events took place this month at venues across Essex, to celebrate and thank Essex nurses and midwives for their hard work, compassion, and commitment caring for patients and their families.

A number of familiar faces from the world of entertainment and sport from across Essex also supported the campaign.  They include TV personality Lizzie Cundy, James Bond actress Naomi Harris, fahsion stylist and TV host Gok Wan and Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli.   A video supporting the campaign has also been created which can be viewed by accessing the following link:

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As the face of our health service our nurses and midwives make an essential difference to health outcomes and patient’s recovery. Nurses and midwives in the county also provide support by helping families and patients through some of their most stressful times.

The events, attended by well over 200 nurses and midwives, aimed to support them to be the very best they can by recognising the demands of the profession and celebrating their achievements and thanking and rewarding them for the incredible work they undertake every day.

Key themes of the days, which were organised through the Mid and South Essex Local Workforce Action Board, were building and developing personal resilience, developing an approach to mindfulness, and facing your fears.

Diane Sarkar, Chief Nursing Officer, Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group, said: “I am delighted to have had such an opportunity to celebrate the immense contribution our nurses and midwives make every day both in our hospitals and out and about in our communities supporting and caring for the people of mid and south Essex.

“The conferences were an opportunity for us as senior nurses and midwives to not only thank them, but also to support and inspire them to continue to develop their careers and share in the exciting opportunities working more closely together brings us.”

Teresa Kearney, Chief Nurse at Basildon and Brentwood CCG, who attended an event for midwives,  said: "It was a good time to reflect, learn and thank our expert midwifery teams that operate both in the community, and hospital settings. The professional and personal contribution that they make to mothers and their babies on a daily basis is outstanding. This special day was a reminder of the importance of maintaining their own health and wellbeing in order to continue to provide such exceptional care."

BBCCG's Deputy Chief Nurse Geraldine Rodgers said the theme of the conference she attended was the importance of resilience.

She said: Listening to other people share their professional journey, along with presenting my own journey highlighted the importance of looking after ourselves and others. Resilience in practice improves our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don't go as planned. Key learning is not to dwell on failures; but acknowledge the situation, learn from mistakes, and then move forward, which is sometimes really hard. But by looking ourselves and each other we can improve outcomes for ourselves, staff and patients. The idea of exploring and building resilience at the beginning of your nursing career is such an important factor to build and sustain our workforce."

Feedback online from the events included:

“Had a great day learning about positive thinking, mindfulness and hearing shared experiences from other nurses today. Definitely cannot wait to put some of the things I learnt into action” and “brilliant day with the nurses from mid and south-Essex learning how to engage our minds empower for success and valuing individuals”

Those wishing to send messages of thanks and support to nurses in Essex can still get involved via social media using the hashtag #LoveEssexnurses and #thanksforcaring (@MSEssex_STP) or any other local NHS social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.

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