OD Practitioner of the Year – Laura Chapman

Congratulations to Laura Chapman, Ward Manager, The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability who collected the winner’s trophy for OD Practitioner of the Year.

Laura was nominated for this award having recently been promoted to ward manager across two wards within the Service for people with profound brain injuries at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.  They have a passion and drive in nurturing and implementing a humanising care and culture across two highly challenging wards.

As a nurse practitioner and organisational leader, they model compassionate, focused and resilient leadership.

Their performance is all the more impressive given the fact that they are relatively new to the journey of leadership and OD.

A close colleague commented, ‘they embody the RHN vision of dealing with the whole person, a willingness to learn, delivering on promises and above all leading with honesty and integrity.’

Laura Chapman appears to be a stand-out OD practitioner, not only because she embodies humanistic values and inspires her team and fellow clinicians to deliver human-centred care against all the odds, she has developed an approach to co-care with patients and their relatives.

Laura demonstrates the ability to work effectively within the system, embodying the institution’s vision, while also being willing to challenge poor practice and shape better outcomes for patients.

Her leadership approach suggests insight and courage as well as a rich skill base on which to draw to enable the whole ward system to function better. A colleague who works alongside Laura commented on the strength of Laura’s advocacy for ambitious human-centred care against the odds, citing an example of: ‘Moving heaven and earth to get two patients back home when all, including myself, had deemed it nigh impossible. A steely determination to suggest it, plan it and see it through amazed even the families and commissioners. The art of the possible was redefined’.



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