The charity Pancreatic Cancer UK has presented its first ever Nurses Appreciation Award to a specialist at a north London hospital.
The award went to Claire Frier, a hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) clinical nurse specialist at the Royal Free Hospital, London.
It was given in recognition of her hard work, dedication, and commitment in the field of HPB nursing. The judges unanimously voted her the winner, principally for her “consistent and empathetic approach to patient care, and for going the extra mile”.
Ms Frier, who has been in this post since 2008, was nominated for the award by colleagues. She said she felt honoured to win the award.
“I feel it is important to be able to provide patients with individualised support and guidance due to the very difficult pathway they will take,” she said.
“This can be such a difficult and devastating time for any patient and their family members, so anything we can do to help make their journey a little easier is important.”
The award will now become an annual event and will be presented each year at the charity’s HPB Nurses Study Day.
Jeni Jones, support manager at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We are committed to supporting the role of the specialist nurse and as such we were very keen to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication.
“The award focused on anything which resulted in a better experience for pancreatic cancer patients, ranging from a piece of research to a change in practice which enhanced the patient journey.”
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