A BBC documentary based on our trailblazing Senior Intern team, Saving our Nurses, scooped Best Daytime Programme in the Royal Television Society’s North West awards, held on Saturday 20 November.
The team (pictured above, taken before the pandemic) is an initiative to support newly qualified nurses with senior interns, who are experienced nurses with a wealth of knowledge who help younger colleagues navigate the challenges of hospital life when they are new to the role. Its overarching aim is to keep nurses in the NHS.
Beverley Sawer, our Senior Intern Team lead, said: “I was delighted for our team to win this award. We’re so proud of the work our interns do in supporting our nurses, which is more important now than ever due to the pandemic.
“Taking part in this documentary was a great way to share the work we do, and we were so proud that it boosted interest in nurses wanting to come and work at our Trust when it aired last year. To be recognised in the Royal Television Society awards really is the icing on the cake!”
When the documentary first aired in June 2020, its popularity saw interest in nurses wanting to join our Trust skyrocket, with 30 per cent more visitors to our recruitment page.
This isn’t the first time our Senior Intern team has been recognised – it won a Nursing Times award in October 2018. The concept was developed by our Chief Nurse, Kathryn Halford, who was inspired after watching the film, The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway whose character benefits from the wisdom and support of Robert De Niro’s character, who’s retired but returns to the working world as an intern.
To find out more about joining our Trust, visit our work for us page.