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Children’s nurses celebrate with Prince Harry

Nurses who have gone the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of sick children were among those recognised at the annual WellChild awards ceremony last night.

Three nurses and a nursing team received awards at the charity’s 2013 event, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Margaret Clapson, lead clinical nurse for children and young people with HIV at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust, received the 2013 WellChild Nurse Award.

The children’s community nursing team at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust won the Team Award.

Meanwhile Jean Davies, a clinical nurse manager from Kilmarnock’s University Hospital, received the Health Professional Award and Rachel Cooke, a nurse and currently Great Ormond Street’s bereavement service manager, won the Impact in child Health Award.

In total, six awards were given out for health professionals involved in paediatrics.

There were also 11 categories for children and young people – either for the inspirational way they had coped with being ill or their experience as carers.  

The event was attended by WellChild’s patron Prince Harry and a host of celebrities, including singers Pixie Lott and Rod Stewart, businesswoman Karen Brady, chef Ainsley Harriot and former Blue Peter presenters Connie Huq and Janet Ellis.  

As part of its work, the charity funds a team of around 20 specialist nurses across the country through its WellChild Children’s Nurse programme.

It also promotes research in nursing and in April appointed its first ever WellChild Professor of Community Children’s Nursing, Mark Whiting.

Nursing winners:

  • Nurse – Margaret Clapson, who has made an outstanding contribution to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS for more than 18 years as the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for this area at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Recognised in nursing as a passionate, committed and expert leader in this field, Margaret has also volunteered to share her expertise to help children in Africa.
  • Team – Community Children’s Nursing Team, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham for the professional, dedicated, compassionate and enthusiastic work they do to provide health and continuing care and short breaks for children with life shortening and complex health needs.
  • Health Professional  – Jean Davies, Clinical Nurse Manage in Paediatrics at University Hospital, Crosshouse, Kilmarnock for bringing a dramatic increase in the range of services available to families through her dedication to introducing fun into children’s lives and brightening their days. 
  • Impact in Child Health – Rachel Cooke who has made a significant impact on the health and lives of babies, children, young people and their families across the UK as well as overseas by leading and developing many services both through her professional work and by volunteering for several years overseas. 

For a full list of award winners, visit the WellChild website.

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