A nursing team from the West Midlands was recently named Lung Cancer Nurse Team of the Year 2015 by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
The lung cancer nursing team at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust received the prize at an event in Windsor, after being nominated by patients and their carers.
“I’m so proud of the team for winning this award, especially as they were nominated by patients and carers”
The charity, created in honour of the presenter of the former Recordbreakers TV programme, raises funds for lung cancer research as well as providing support to families.
As well as their award, the Coventry team received prize money of £500 to spend on further improvements to patient care.
The nurses said they intended to use the money to purchase an information trolley and some nebuliser machines that can help patients at home with breathing difficulties.
Nicola Jackson, lung cancer nurse specialist at the trust, said: “We are extremely delighted to have been nominated and win this award.
“We feel privileged to do our jobs and we pride ourselves on providing an holistic service for all of our patients and their carers,” she said. “We feel honoured to be recognised in this way.”
Mark Radford, the trust’s chief nursing officer, added: “I’m so proud of the team for winning this award, especially as they were nominated by patients and carers.
“The lung cancer team provides excellent care and support to patients and their families, demonstrating compassion at the time when it’s needed most,” she said.
“They also participate in leading research projects, helping us to find the best treatments for patients with lung cancer, now and in the future,” noted Mr Radford.
Lorraine Dallas, director of information and support at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said specialist nurses were “vital in caring, supporting and treating people affected by lung cancer”.
“We set up the nursing awards this year and asked patients to nominate nursing staff who had given them outstanding support,” she said.
Ms Dallas added: “We are delighted that the Coventry team won this award. It reflects the work done by the whole team to make a difference to those affected by this disease which causes distress to thousands of families each year.”