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Four Sheffield Children’s nurses win Chief Nursing Officer silver award

Tom Sweeney being given CNO award by Dame Ruth May
17 October 2022

We had a special visit from Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, along with Professor Mark Radford, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England to say thank you and award four of our colleagues with silver CNO awards for their outstanding contribution to patients and their professions.

A huge congratulations to Sue Ievers, Head of Nursing in our CAMHS team, Tom Sweeney, Mental Health Nurse Specialist, Michelle Evans, Learning Disabilities Lead Nurse and Dipti Aistrop, 0-19 Service Manager on receiving an award. We’re very proud that these incredible Dame Ruth May giving Sue Ievers a CNO awardindividuals are part of the Sheffield Children’s team. Hear what their nominators had to say about them:

Sue Ievers, Head of Nursing in our CAMHS team received a nomination from Sally Shearer for her amazing commitment to children and young people’s mental health nursing.

Sally said: “Sue’s a compassionate leader that recognises the challenges of nursing, whilst championing high standards of care. Sue knows all of the patients on the site by name and can describe the actions taken to support person centred care, championing inclusivity with bespoke and creative approaches.”

Tom Sweeney is our Mental Health Nurse Specialist offering support, advice, training, and guidance to healthcare professionals across the organisation. Tom was nominated for the Silver award by Sue Ievers.

Sue said: “It is Tom’s approach to his role that makes a difference. He is extremely passionate in his quest to continuously improve the careprovided to the young people with mental health needs, which he delivers through competent, compassionate and empowered colleagues. His enthusiasm, commitment and positive role modelling is infectious and he makes everyone feel that they can make a difference to the young person’s journey.”

Learning Disabilities Lead Nurse, Michelle Evans was nominated by Claire Harness for herDame Ruth May giving Michelle Evans a CNO awardexcellent leadership with children with learning disabilities and autism.

Claire said: “Her relentless work with children with learning disabilities and autism has led to huge improvements in accessibility and inclusion.

“Challenges have been overcome by Michelle’s tenacity, resilience, knowledge, experience and can do attitude. The impact she has made is visible throughout Sheffield Children’s. Children, young people, families and colleagues are so grateful for her knowledge and impact on their lives.”

Dame Ruth May giving Dipti Aistrop her CNO award

Dipti Aistrop is Sheffield Children’s 0-19 Service Manager and was nominated by Pauline Williams for her outstanding contribution to the NHS over the past 40 years.

Pauline said: “Dipti is a Nurse and Health Visitor with a distinguished career in the NHS. She has been an inspirational leader and a pioneer of a changing world.

“In the past five years she has changed the face of the 0-19 Service and has influenced a positive outcome for children, young people and families in Sheffield.”

Congratulations to all of our winners!


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