An Adult Nursing Lecturer at the University and practicing nurse has become one of the first winners of a Cavell Star Award.
Pippa Sharp, a Staff Nurse with Thornbury Nursing Services in Bury St Edmunds, was nominated by a colleague for going above and beyond for her colleagues.
Pippa’s colleague Peter Mason was keen to recognise the commitment Pippa has made so far in her 16 year nursing career.
“Pippa has been amazing!” said Peter “She’s always helping colleagues with advice and support and she’s always so positive. Her patients are at the centre of her care and she always treats them with dignity and respect. I think she’s a very worthy winner of a Cavell Star Award.”
Nursing charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust recently launched the Cavell Star Awards, in partnership with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare. Nominations are being sought from nursing teams throughout the UK for that special team mate who has shown exceptional care for either their colleagues or their patients and patients’ families. Each Cavell Star Award winner receives a remarkable medal, presentation case and pin badge as well as an invite to attend the special Care & Cake Garden Party in June, a celebration of the nation’s nursing professionals.
Pippa was excited to win her award “I was totally flattered!” she said “Often as a nurse you know that you make an impact but rarely do nurses get recognition. So it’s an amazing feeling to be told that you’ve made a real difference to people’s lives, patient and colleagues.”
“In these challenging times, the most challenging I’ve seen in 16 years if nursing, it’s so important to celebrate your team. The more positivity you can put into the team, the better outcome for your team mates and ultimately the patients. My team are like a second family to me!”
The Cavell Star Awards are in partnership with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare and sponsored by NEXT, UNISON, NHS Improvement, National Garden Scheme, Health Education England, NHS Professionals, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Alexandra, British Journal of Nursing, The Embassy of Belgium in the UK and Thornbury Nursing Services & Scottish Nursing Guild.
Pippa also works for the Thornbury Nursing Services agency. Sarah Regan, Marketing Manager at the agency reacted to Pippa’s win, “We were overjoyed to hear that Pippa had been recognised in the Cavell Star Awards. Pippa is a brilliant nurse and a true credit to Thornbury Nursing. When Thornbury Nurse Peter informed us that he had nominated Pippa, we felt extremely proud to work with nurses who celebrate each other. Agency workers are often misrepresented because they choose flexible work. We hope that recognising agency workers through the Cavell Star Awards will serve as a reminder that in times of need, these nurses will be there to support patients and clients when no one else can.”
Cavell Nurses’ Trust is the charity that supports UK nurses, midwives and HCAs, both working and retired, when they’re suffering personal or financial hardship often due to illness, disability, older age and domestic abuse. In 2017, the charity received more than 2,200 calls for help.
John Orchard, Chief Executive at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, explains: “Thank you to our partner and wonderful sponsors for making the Cavell Star Awards happen.
“We know there are nursing professionals up and down the country who show exceptional care every day, often in very difficult circumstances and sometimes when their own life is falling apart. You can say a big ‘thank you’ to your colleagues by giving them a Cavell Star Award!”
John continues: “Cavell Nurses’ Trust is here for nurses when they need help, so we are really excited to be launching the Cavell Star Awards as a morale boost for nursing teams working extremely hard in very challenging situations.”
Healthcare professionals wishing to nominate a nurse, midwife or HCA for a Cavell Star Award can find out more at www.cavellstarawards.org.
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