Suzanne Mumford, Care UK’s Head of Nursing, Care and Dementia, has been shortlisted for the prestigious William Rathbone X Award for Excellence in the Executive Nurse Leadership of Community Nursing Services.

William Rathbone X served as a Council member of the Queen’s Nursing Institute from 1974 until his passing in 2022. This Award, named in his honour, gives recognition of the impact of strategic nursing leadership, including support for colleagues and positive outcomes for patients or residents.

Suzanne works collaboratively with colleagues to develop nursing, care and dementia strategies that ensure the highest standards of care delivery to over 9,000 residents at Care UK. Suzanne is a visible role model to nursing and care colleagues, supporting a consistent and sustainable approach that embeds evidence-based practice.

Since taking up her role in 2019, Suzanne has led several significant initiatives, including the focus on detrimental prescribing and administration of psychotropic medication for people living with dementia. Alongside her team of dementia specialist nurses, Suzanne has reduced the use of antipsychotic drugs for residents with dementia, who do not have a psychotic illness, down by 15 percentage points. This was achieved through educating teams, evaluating causes of distress and behaviours colleagues found challenging, and developing and implementing a programme of positive support. Suzanne’s team of specialist nurses are also encouraged to prescribe music through Playlists for Life, comforting touch with Namaste care for people with advanced dementia, robotic animals, and gardening activities.

Another initiative that caught the judge’s attention is Care UK’s annual census. Started by Suzanne in 2020, this records common medical conditions experienced by residents living in Care UK homes. This enabled Suzanne to better identify specific training needs. As a result, she oversaw the development of a Basic Care of Older People training module, supported with individual homes’ workforce development plans, and additional short face-to-face modules covering common medical conditions and ways to support people to live well with multiple co-morbidities.

Suzanne is also passionate about empowering colleagues to provide the best possible care. Under her leadership, Care UK launched a new academy for training and developing care home nurses called the Seacole Academy. This not only formally recognises nurses’ professional development, but also offers senior carers and team leaders the chance to train as a nurse.

The award ceremony will be held, and winners will be announced, on Friday 10th May in London.

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