Tower Hamlets nurse shortlisted for ‘Nurse of The Year’ at National Nursing Awards

Annie Ollivierre-Smith, Cath Lab Manager and Lead Cardiac Nurse at BMI The London Independent Hospital in Central London, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times Award.

The annual awards are a national platform to reward nurses and teams for their work in promoting patient care and are the largest nursing awards in the UK.

Ms. Ollivierre-Smith was recognised in the Nurse of The Year category for her work in developing and refining the cardiac service at BMI The London Independent Hospital over the past 10 years. The nomination also recognised her 36 years of service to cardiac nursing in London.

Under Ms. Ollivierre-Smith’s management, in the past ten years, the cardiac service at BMI The London Independent Hospital has performed more than 11,000 procedures and since joining the hospital in 1989, Ms. Ollivierre-Smith has treated more than 26,561 patients.

Ms. Ollivierre-Smith started her career as a cardiac nurse in the NHS at The London Chest Hospital, where she was tasked with restructuring and transforming the patient pathways in their Cardiac catheter lab to increase patient numbers and streamline the service to maximise clinical outcomes. It was here that her organisational excellence and patient focused approach to care caught the eye of a consultant who was setting up a cardiac service at the newly built London Independent Hospital.

Ms. Ollivierre-Smith started at BMI The London Independent Hospital in 1989 and was quickly promoted to the role of Sister and Cardiac Cath Lab Manager in 2003. In this new role Ms. Ollivierre-Smith became instrumental in shaping and modernising the department by improving patient care, growing patient confidence and allowing consultants to bring an ever increasing level of interventional complexity to the hospital.

Speaking on her award nomination Ms. Ollivierre-Smith commented: “It is a great honour for me to be recognised in this way by The Nursing Times. Having worked, both in the NHS and in the private sector I am passionate about promoting cross working practices and over the years I have been able to help support, and call upon, my NHS colleagues when required to ensure all patients receive the highest standards of care and continuity across their treatment pathways. Working at BMI The London Independent Hospital my team and I have been granted access to the highest standard of continuous training. This has allowed us all to keep abreast of the latest changes in both technology and the complexity of procedures we are able to offer. This recognition acknowledges a wider effort of both my team of highly dedicated and motivated cardiac nurses, but also the UK’s top cardiologists we work alongside.”

Ms. Ollivierre-Smith added: “As a nurse the patients always come first and I am glad to receive this nomination as recognition for what we have achieved and continually strive to push forward at BMI The London Independent Hospital, the highest standards of care provided to our patients.”

Ms. Ollivierre-Smith will be honoured at The Nursing Times Awards Gala Dinner on 30th October 2013. Speaking on Ms. Ollivierre-Smith’s nomination, Kirsty Baker, Executive Director of BMI The London Independent Hospital said: “This nomination, alongside Consultant Cardiologist Dr Charles Knight nomination for Outstanding Contribution at The Independent Healthcare Awards, is the second shortlist received for the cardiac service at BMI The London Independent Hospital this year. The cardiac service within our hospital is truly world class and this recognition for Annie recognises a monumental career in the field of nursing and cardiac excellence. Heart disease is one of the UK’s biggest preventable killers and this award recognises a career dedicated to the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of a disease that affects so many people each year. It is again an amazing honour for us to have a nominee in such a prestigious national awards ceremony and on behalf of everyone at BMI The London Independent Hospital I would like to wish Annie the best of luck.”

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