Care home nurse scoops top NHS England prize

A care home manager has been recognised by NHS England's top nurse as part of its Chief Nursing Officer Awards – the first time a nurse in a care home setting has been recognised in the awards.

Registered nurse Martyn Davies, 36, who owns and manages Urmston Manor residential home in Greater Manchester, was given a ‘gold award’ after recommendation from health and social care leaders at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Trafford Council.

NHS England said Davies was nominated after transforming Urmston Manor from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ Care Quality Commission status in 12 months.

“Martyn has done amazing things even before Covid-19, including transforming Urmston Manor from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ and he did it with the people he serves and the staff who support him,” said NHS England chief nursing officer Ruth May.

“What I am most impressed by is Martyn's nursing leadership which has ensured the residents in his care have the most wonderful experience in their home. He’s lived in the home since March which has helped ensure none of his residents have caught Covid-19,” she added.

Davies added: “To say that I am honoured and humbled to receive this is an understatement. I hope this award highlights to community nurses that their contributions to the profession are valid, valued and recognised.

“Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with so many skilled and talented nurses and other health and social care workers that have helped my development into the nurse that I want to be. To all those people, thank you for everything you have and continue to do.”

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