The STORM team would like to congratulate Catherine Brindle who has been shortlisted for nursing’s top accolade for nursing excellence.

Catherine is the Specialist School Nurse, Emotional Health and Wellbeing at North-West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (and STORM Consultant).  We are please to say she has been short listed for this year’s RCNi awards in the area of Child Health.

The delivery of STORM Skills Training Suicide Prevention modules in the Sefton area has ensured that all School Nurses have the skills, knowledge and confidence to support students who are going through a tough time and thinking about suicide.  The project is now entering it's second phase, which focuses on rolling out STORM modules specific to self-injury, an issue that is prevalent in both primary and secondary schools today. 

Catherine's nomination for innovative practice comes off the back of a strong performance at a “Dragons' Den” style event, where she successfully convinced members of the local Clinical Commissioning Group that STORM Self-Harm Mitigation Training would be a worthy investment.  The panel agreed by investing in a STORM Licence.  This allows Catherine and her team, of three facilitators, to provide School Nurses with necessary skills to support young people who are in distress and at risk of ending their life.  

Self-harm and suicide prevention were identified as areas of need by School Nurses who were often saying that they felt they did not have enough training for these issues. The majority of School Nurses, who have participated, have rated the the training as excellent and many have remarked that they wished they had the training a long time ago. Catherine herself recommends the training to all School Nurses and other organisations as "it helps to affirm knowledge and skills, which boosts confidence," she says. 

On behalf of the STORM team, we wish Catherine all the very best for the awards ceremony on Friday evening.  Good luck Catherine and thanks for all your hard work!!

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