Nursing and Midwifery Challenge - finalists and winners

Innovations, and ideas submitted by past finalists and winners


Carl Brooks-Plunkett

It's a fantastic opportunity to show yourself and your colleagues that you can make a difference to the care that patients and their families receive. The Challenge helped me to get a job in paediatric intensive care.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge video

Get an idea of what it's all about by watching our video from a previous challenge.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2015 - winner

Star of the shift by Lucy Birch

The star of the shift is a concept, which if introduced, would be practiced during handovers of care on the ward. Attached to the ward whiteboard would be a small box stating: Star of the shift is ……….[name] because……….[reason].

The star of the shift idea is all about giving nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals the recognition and appreciation they deserve. It aims to increase morale within the workplace creating a positive culture leading to increased job satisfaction and enhanced patient care.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2015 - Winner (Lucy Birch)
Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2015 - Winners

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2015 - finalists

2015 finalists Annabel Frost, Connie Wisniewski, Zoe Smith, Melanie Doidge and Rebecca Sims with winner Lucy Birch.

2015 finalists innovations included

Paperless nursing by Annabel Frost, which incorporates the use of technology in the form of a hand held device containing patient information and their care plan.

Midwifery assistance call bell by Connie Wisniewski and Zoe Smith, which implements an intermediate call bell system into a busy labour ward to allow midwives in a room to call in another midwife.

Homebirth information leaflet by Melanie Doidge, which improves women’s ability to make an informed choice regarding birthplace.

Identity card by Rebecca Sims, which provides vital patient details such as: name, date of birth, GP name and practice, diagnosed medical conditions (past medical history), allergies, current medications, and next of kin details.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - winners

Unmasking mental health TV advert: throughout the advert these professionals will be wearing a white mask on their face to represent how often mental health problems are concealed, as in certain professions there are expectations and stigmatisation.

2014 winners: Maddi Heath Kelly, Hannah Good, Daisy Osbourne, Joanna Hunter, Maria Banys and Nicola Coleman.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014, winning student team

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - runner up 

Maddy Stephens came a close runner up with her idea for a Workload Whiteboard:

The workload whiteboard functions as a visual platform where information of the nurses’ workload can be easily communicated to the multidisciplinary team throughout the day. Information such as outstanding assessments, timings for nursing interventions and general cues can be noted. In turn, the workload whiteboard increases productivity and safety by ensuring care is seamless and completed at appropriate times. Consequently, the workload whiteboard solves the issue of searching for information within patient files. Furthermore, the boards serve as a communication pathway which resolves confusion regarding task completion.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - winner of the interprofessional prize

Charlotte Lorraine won the Interprofessional Prize, deciding to focus on HbA1c Tracking:

My idea is not just to document this information on a clinic sheet, but also on a graph that is colour coded to raise attention to above acceptable HbA1C levels. It will be an obs chart style system to provide at a glance information for all health professionals involved with the care in a patients journey. It can be used to aid visual information for patients that they are at an increased risk of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and further complications linked with poor glucose control.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - finalists

Inter-professional learning (IPL) by Keziah Hazelton:

I am proposing the implementation of student-led inter-professional learning (IPL) session, which requires students to draw on knowledge and experience from their specialism to facilitate learning in others. The sessions will be varied, including debating sessions around key topic agendas (i.e. organ donation laws, assisted death etc.), scenario based learning (requiring students to work in a team to plan care for a patient) and sessions around stereotypes and judgements of professional roles.

SBAR tool by Emma Gale:

The SBAR tool reduces the barriers of communication and is an easy to remember memory prompt. It reduces the incidence of missed communications and points to action and making a plan. These features of the SBAR tool are what are currently missing in the tool we have in place for maternity triage. Introducing the SBAR tool into triage, I hope that women will have the confidence to stay at home until there is a clinical need to come into hospital.