Proud of our Finalists for RCN Nurse Awards 2022
Gerard Wainwright, manager from our Heatherstones service in Halifax, has led the Unsafe Swallow Project as part of a Queens Nursing Award, which we are very proud to announce has been nominated as a Finalist in the Royal College of Nursing Awards 2022.
The project aims to address health inequalities that result in a disproportionately high number of people with learning disabilities dying because of aspiration pneumonia caused by swallowing difficulties.
As the project started at the same time as the Covid pandemic, it initially provided webinar-based training to non-nursing services identified as supporting people with learning disabilities at risk of unsafe swallowing.
Free video learning resources were developed that have been used by hundreds of people globally. Webinar training has also been delivered to NHS trusts, nurse graduates and other organisations. Services have reported improved confidence of healthcare staff and improved health for the people they care for.
Gerard worked with clients from St Anne’s to develop the project including Robert Cooper and Michael Ludlum, and indeed the project is dedicated to the memory of Michael Ludlum
We are so proud of Gerrard Wainwright and Robert Cooper and wish them well with the final awards.
You can discover more about the project here (please click on the image)