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Addenbrooke's nurse wins national award

A nurse from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire has been given a national NHS award for his mentoring and teaching skills.

Michael Woodhouse, who is a charge nurse on the neurocritical care unit (NCCU), has been a mentor to nurses for 15 years and received the ‘NHS Mentor of the Year’ award at a ceremony in London on Monday.

People have to be nominated by their peers for the Leadership Recognition Awards before a three stage judging process is carried out and a distinguished judging panel makes the final decision, which left Michael shocked.

“I’m still overwhelmed to receive the award and am very proud to be part of the NCCU team. This is as much a team award as an individual one,” he said.

The NCCU cares for more than 900 patients every year with problems such as strokes, uncontrolled epilepsy and major head injuries and senior clinical nurse Colm Fannon says Michael really deserves the recognition for the work he does.

“This is a truly well-deserved award for Michael, for his time and dedication to the development of nursing on the NCCU over the past fifteen years,” he said.

NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh chaired the judging panel and Patients’ Association chief executive Katherine Murphy and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing Dr Peter Carter OBE were also involved.

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