Two Angus Nurses recognised in RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards 2024

On Thursday 23rd May, the Royal College of Nursing hosted their annual RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards. These awards are held to highlight, recognise and celebrate the dedication and professional care of nursing staff across the country.

Denise Harrison, Practice Nurse, Brechin Health Centre, was triumphant in the Peoples Choice award category, for her outstanding dedication during floods in Brechin, where she assisted patients who had to evacuate their homes. Denise has also set up a Bereavement Café for those struggling with loss.

Robyn Oliphant (now McInroy), Clinical Lead, Lisden Nursing Home, Balhousie Care Group (now BCG), was successful in the Care Home Nursing Award category, due to her visible commitment to person-centred care, which is evident in her empathetic approach. Robyn’s has received many counts of positive feedback, and her journey from carer to clinical lead is an inspiration to all in the profession.

Jillian Galloway, Chief Officer, Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, expressed her heartfelt congratulations, stating, “Many congratulations to both Denise and Robyn. We are immensely proud of their extraordinary achievements at the RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year Awards 2024. These awards are a testament to their unwavering commitment to their professions and the profound impact they have on the lives of the individuals they support. Their exemplary dedication, care, and compassion are truly inspiring and reflect the highest standards of nursing excellence. The recognition of Denise and Robyn underscores the vital role that nurses play in the health and social care system, and their accomplishments shine a spotlight on the exceptional quality of care provided within the Angus community.”

Denise Harrison said “I’d like to say a huge Thank you to Claire and Sheena for my nomination. I had such a lovely night at the RCN Awards. The staff and service were excellent and I met amazing people doing such fantastic work. 

I was overwhelmed when I won, it was totally unexpected. It’s a real privilege to receive this award.” Robyn Oliphant said “I was delighted to be nominated for the award and even more so to become a finalist. Winning the award at last night’s ceremony was the most wonderful experience and feels like a huge achievement. I’m so pleased to be representing the exceptional work care home nurses do on a daily basis.”

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