Daring bosses of Nottingham’s hospitals are to take a 10,000ft plunge in June, to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) Chief Executive, Peter Homa, and Chief Nurse, Mandie Sunderland, will join colleagues taking part in a charity skydive to launch the bid to become the first NHS Trust to receive international accreditation for nursing excellence.
The Trust recently announced its ambition to achieve Magnet status – an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Centre to hospitals that satisfy a set of demanding criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. Achieving Magnet status will make NUH the first hospital in Europe to do so, a move designed to raise standards, increase recruitment, retain more staff and further improve patient care.
The skydive volunteers will be jumping in tandem (attached to an expert) reaching speeds of 120mph as they freefall 5000ft before their parachutes open. This is not the first time that Dr Homa has daringly supported his hospitals charity. He previously walked over broken glass and completed another skydive
Peter said: “What a way to mark our ambition to achieve Magnet status. We aim for our hospitals to be nationally and internationally known for excellence in nursing and midwifery care and patient experience. I am pleased to participate, alongside colleagues and friends, in this skydive to help raise funds for Nottingham Hospitals Charity and offer my strong support for our Magnet journey.”
Chief Nurse Mandie Sunderland will also be taking part in the daring descent in June. Mandie was recently appointed to the Charity’s Board of Trustees. She says: “I am completing the skydive for Nottingham Hospitals Charity to support the wonderful work they do with patients. They are fully supportive of Nursing and Midwifery at NUH and our journey to be internationally renowned. This is my opportunity to give back and say thank you.”
The NUH skydiving team are aiming to raise more than £2450 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity which supports patients at City Hospital, Queens Medical Centre and Ropewalk House.
Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Barbara Cathcart, says: “Jumping out of an aircraft at 10,000ft is not something that I would want to do so I am especially grateful to Peter, Mandie and team for choosing to raise money for the Charity in this daring way. The Trust’s Executive team know the difference that the Charity can make to their patients and it’s wonderful that they are showing support in this way.”
The team will carry out their daring descent from 10,000 feet on 29 June.
Anyone who would like to support the hospitals Executive skydiving team can sponsor them at: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/nuhexecs