NMC pays tribute to nurses on recent visit to Manchester University Foundation Trust

12 December 2017

NMC Chair, Dame Janet Finch, Chief Executive, Jackie Smith and members of the Council visited Manchester University Foundation Trust today where they paid tribute to the actions of staff who cared for victims in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack.

Council members met with staff and were told how they responded to the terror attack at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary where children and adults were treated simultaneously.

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Jackie Smith said:

“The response by staff at the Trust to the Manchester arena attack was incredible.

“I’m never surprised by the level of dedication and professionalism nurses show to their patients, and that terrible evening was just one of countless examples where staff provided world class care in the most appalling circumstances.

“Staff worked around the clock to treat patients. In some cases, their shift wasn’t due to begin for another few hours, yet they came into the hospital to provide whatever support they could to help save lives.

“They deserve our thanks and respect for the care they provided that evening and continue to provide every day.”

Council members met staff as part of their visit to the newly merged Foundation Trust. They also heard from staff about workforce issues, research and education opportunities available at the Trust and received a tour of the site from Professor Cheryl Lenney, Chief Nurse at the Trust, Sue Ward, Deputy Chief Nurse at the Trust and Dawn Pike, Director of Nursing at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

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