Nottingham University Hospitals achieve international recognition for excellence in nursing

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has become the first organisation outside of
the USA to be American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® and
Magnet® recognised for excellence in nursing.

ANCC Pathway to Excellence® programme is recognised globally as enabling nursing excellence,
instilling a strong sense of professional pride and offers proven strategies to help ensure that the care delivered to patients is of the highest standards.

During the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in August 2020, Nottingham Children’s Hospital (NCH), which includes Nottingham Sexual Health Services, became the first Children’s Hospital in Europe to be pathway recognised by the ANCC. This international recognition highlights that NCH is an excellent place for nurses to work, with high job satisfaction, professional opportunity and retention, enabling staff to deliver outstanding patient care.

The extensive pathway to excellence application document contained examples of how core standards to promote a positive practice environment for nurses was a key part of the culture at NCH. These included shared decision making, leadership, quality, safety, professional development and wellbeing. The
final part of the assessment was an unseen registered nurse survey sent by ANCC to all nurses. The
results of the final survey were outstanding.

Nottingham City Hospital Magnet Designation Magnet® recognition is a prestigious designation from
the American Nurses Credentialing Centre that recognises organisations that provide the highest quality care. Magnet is recognised internationally as the gold standard for nursing excellence. In October 2020,
Nottingham University Hospitals became the first UK organisation to achieve this accreditation
and only the second in Europe. Alignment with the Magnet framework is a commitment to true culture change, empowering frontline nurses and the teams they work with to make decisions locally, enhancing care outcomes and improving staff experience.

On October 13 2020 NUH was notified by the Commission on Magnet that they had achieved Magnet status. The Magnet appraisers identified twelve exemplars that were considered outstanding examples of nursing excellence at NUH and worthy of international dissemination.