Blackpool Hospital employee wins regional award

Lianne Harrison with her certificate

A Blackpool nurse has been honoured for her enthusiasm and passion for helping vulnerable patients.

Lianne Harrison, Practice Development Sister, has won the Sarah Brookfield Award from the Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network for her quality improvement work.

Lianne works on the Intensive Care Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has been awarded for her enthusiasm and passion for developing staff working with the most vulnerable patients in the hospital.

Lianne said: “The awards are open to all critical care teams in Lancashire and South Cumbria and I was encouraged to apply for the awards by my colleague Emma Jackson, although I didn’t think we’d have a chance of winning!

“The application was for our quality improvement work to set up an education training programme for all our staff working in critical care.

“I was so shocked when it was announced that I had won!,” said Lianne.

“The £500 prize means the money can be used to buy a large TV to use for our teaching sessions and make them more interactive.

“We were lucky enough to have two teams shortlisted in the awards. Tracey and Jenny from our unit set up a campaign, ‘The Person Behind the Patient’ which is an initiative for families of vulnerable patients to inform staff of their loved ones needs, likes and dislikes.”

The critical care teams have teaching twice a week and this can vary in topic. All the staff are encouraged to attend; from nurses, physiotherapists, doctors to ward clerks.

The training is completed in house and helps to give staff the opportunity to learn about new topics and gain knowledge from professionals in their area of work.

“The sessions are going really well and the feedback is fantastic- we are looking to keep this going as it is great for our staff development”, Lianne said.

“It would be great for staff across the hospital to be involved in our rolling programme. Sharing knowledge and skills is so important when working in the critical care environment.

“I’m so thankful to everyone for their support. It’s such a huge achievement for me personally and it’s fantastic to showcase Blackpool and the work of our Trust.”


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