Three hospital wards have received recognition for their high standards of care, quality services and outstanding staff. The intensive care unit and stroke unit at Scunthorpe hospital and ward 3 at Goole hospital are the first wards across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust to receive awards from the chief nurse for their exceptionally high standards. Tara Filby, chief nurse, launched ‘a safe and sound’ accreditation scheme for all areas where nursing care is provided to patients across Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals, and our community services. She said: “The scheme aims to recognise and reward those staff who deliver high standards of nursing care.” There are four levels of awards – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Areas are assessed over a 12 month period on a range of performance indicators including infection control standards, nursing care, documentation and cleanliness of the environment. Individual areas are evaluated against the accreditation indicators by a panel of senior nurses including the Trust’s associate chief nurses, the senior nurse for infection prevention and control, the head of professional development and the deputy chief nurse on a quarterly basis. Feedback is given in relation to areas for further improvement. Tara said: “I am absolutely delighted that these three wards are the first to receive this new award. It is recognition of the exemplary work of the staff in providing safe, high quality services for their patients. Awards are only achieved once the area has met all of the standards and has maintained them for 12 months.” Amanda Holmes, ICU ward sister, said: “This gold award is a reflection of how the whole team pull together and work hard to provide the best care possible for their patients, and their families. “We are absolutely thrilled to be the first ward at Scunthorpe to receive this gold award which recognises the hard work and dedication of the whole team.” Tina Drewery, stroke unit ward sister, said: “It is thanks to the whole multi-disciplinary team that we have received this silver award. It is testament to the hard work and dedication everyone shows in caring for our patients.” Ward 3 ward sister Lynn King said: “We are delighted that the team’s continued diligence and high standards of performance have enabled us to achieve this gold status. We remain committed that the patients on our ward continue to be looked after in a safe, clean and caring environment.” Staff on the wards received a hamper of goodies, including tea, coffee and biscuits, as well as a framed certificate. To retain the accreditations an annual review will be undertaken. If the gold awards continue to meet all of the quality indicators over a 24-month period then they could qualify for the highest award, which is platinum.