Milestones Trust clinical nurse advisor, Reuben Collings, has become one of the first recipients of the Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards in recognition of his outstanding work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards recognise the outstanding care, leadership and inspiration shown by social care nurses to colleagues, patients and residents throughout the country.
Reuben said: “It’s a great honour to receive one of the first of these important new awards, which recognise the importance of social care alongside healthcare.
“I’ve been really impressed and hugely proud of our staff and the resilience of the people we support through this strange and difficult time. It’s forced us to work in a completely different way, but people have been open to that and have taken the changes in their stride.”
An experienced adult nurse who began working for the Trust in 2014, Reuben led the organisation’s pandemic response and has been instrumental in enabling front line teams to keep the people Milestones Trust supports and its staff safe.
Reuben took responsibility for everything from briefing staff and supporting colleagues with the emotional burden of COVID-19 to developing and conducting infection control audits and procuring PPE, something that he said he never would have imagined would have been part of the job.
Arranging and ensuring all staff members were appropriately trained, collecting data, supporting staff who were trapped abroad at the start of the pandemic and liaising with local authorities and Public Health England also became part of Reuben’s day to day work.
Hilary Crowhurst, chief executive for Milestones Trust, said: “Reuben’s calm, pragmatic and above-all incredibly caring approach enabled our frontline staff to navigate what has been a traumatic and often frightening time with greater confidence, by making sure that the skills, equipment and information were there in the right place and at the right time.
“He is cheerful, pragmatic, and staff trust what he says. This has been critical, at a time when so much information and advice was confused. He regularly reviewed, interpreted and disseminated complex, sometimes even contradictory guidance, getting information to those who need it around the clock and over a seven-day week.
“Reuben is a highly talented and professional nurse. He embodies the spirit and professionalism of modern nursing and we are delighted to see his skills and achievements recognised with this new, national award.”