Erskine’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Jennifer Boyd was crowned Nurse of the Year at the Scottish Care Awards on Friday evening.
At a glittering award ceremony in the Hilton in Glasgow, Jennifer, beat off stiff competition from two other finalists to receive the top award from Scottish Care – the voice of independent care in Scotland.
Jennifer said: “I am overwhelmed! I would like to thank Scottish Care for my award and for recognising the positive changes that we are encouraging within Erskine with the implementation of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner role. Our residents deserve the best care within their home environment and that is what we are striving to achieve on a daily basis. I feel incredibly proud and privileged to work within the care sector with such an amazing team at Erskine.”
Jennifer has worked as ANP covering two of the charity’s four care homes since February last year. The new role at Erskine was seen as an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of the 220 residents living in The Erskine Home and Erskine Park. The role has proved a huge success with Jennifer significantly influencing the care being provided to residents on a day to day basis and beyond that teaching and sharing knowledge with the whole care team at the charity.
It is the second award Jennifer has received within the month after winning the ‘Innovation for Advanced Practice Award’ from Acute Care Advanced Practice also in November.
Erskine resident John Lilley said: “Congratulations to Jen, she deserves this award. She is a great help to me as obviously it is a lot better being at home than having to go into hospital. Jen and all the care staff here know me, know my condition and know what to do to help if I am not feeling so well.”
Director of Care at Erskine, Derek Barron said: “We are delighted that Jennifer won Nurse of the Year Award. It is especially significant given that the annual Scottish Care Conference and Awards are the biggest and most prestigious in Scotland. Being recognised by your peers is affirming of the significant hard work and innovation Jennifer has led on. We are proud of her contribution to the care of our residents.”
The veterans’ charity would also like to congratulate Janice McAlister, their Dementia Nurse Consultant, who was also a finalist at the Scottish Care Awards in the Training and Staff Development Category.