Miskin nurse shortlisted for Wales-wide award

By Raspberry Jim,

A nurse from Miskin working at a specialist hospital in Cardiff for adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and/or mental illness is “over the moon” to have been shortlisted in prestigious Wales-wide Awards, which celebrate excellence across the Wales care sector.

Claire Wilson, Clinical Lead at Pinetree Hospital in Rumney, has been shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category at the Wales Care Awards.

Mrs Wilson from Miskin outside Cowbridge, has been working at Pinetree Hospital since 2012 and progressed from Unit Manager to Clinical Lead within the last two years.

She was nominated for the Award as she has excelled within her role over the last two years and made hugely beneficial changes to the running of the hospital.

She has proved to be invaluable in the daily running of Pinetree Hospital, overseeing all the nursing, medication, first aid, training, and clinical standards monitoring which has helped the hospital to achieve the highest QAIT ratings.

She has fundamentally overhauled the hospital and set new standards of excellence in practice. She has been crucial in implementing robust clinical practices, training both nurses and doctors, and updating the recording of medication to create a more effective and efficient system.

Located close to Cardiff city centre, Pinetree is a specialist Learning Disability facility which provides individually tailored assessment and treatment for adults with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and mental illness in need of intensive treatment, therapy and active rehabilitation within a safe and therapeutic environment.

The “highly prestigious” annual Wales Care Awards attracts 450 delegates from the care sector and recognises “commitment to the industry”. This year the awards will take place at City Hall, Cardiff, on Friday 18th October.

On being shortlisted, Mrs Wilson said:

“After starting as a Unit Manager at Pinetree Hospital in 2012 and becoming Clinical Lead it has been a privilege to work alongside wonderful members of staff and patients.

“Pinetree Hospital is a very important place to me, and the welfare of our patients is always at the forefront of my mind.

“I am delighted to be considered for the Wales Care Awards and hope that being shortlisted will raise the profile of Pinetree Hospital as an exceptional care facility.

“We reflect the Ludlow Street Healthcare belief that all those entrusted to our care are capable of progress and development and that positive change can be achieved for all.  

“We recognise how important quality of life is to a person’s recovery and we have worked hard as a team to create an environment which promotes rehabilitation and community integration.

“I’m looking forward to the Awards and am keeping everything crossed for a successful night.”

David Lawrence, CEO, of Ludlow Street Healthcare said:

“We are very proud of the work Claire has done at Pinetree Hospital and of what she has achieved in such a short amount of time.

“She has impacted every aspect of care throughout the hospital, with her expertise not only enhancing the daily needs of our service users but supporting the development of her colleagues and staff too.

“The Wales Care Awards are a celebration of excellence across the Wales care sector and Claire has truly set the standard for service provision in every respect and we as an organisation have thrived thanks to her innovative and determined attitude.”