A specialist diabetes nurse and a team of community nurses are among the winners of awards to recognise outstanding work with seriously ill children.
Geraldine Phillips, longstanding children’s diabetes nurse at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, is one of the exemplary professionals who will be feted at this year’s WellChild Awards ceremony to be attended by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
“Geraldine is a dedicated nurse who goes above and beyond what is required”
The paediatric clinical nurse specialist is the winner of the nurse award presented by the charity WellChild, which works to raise awareness of the needs of children with complex conditions and supports specialist nursing posts.
She has worked at the hospital, run by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, for more than two decades.
Initially covering a large clinical population single-handedly, her achievements include helping to establish a support group for families and a much-valued annual outdoor activities weekend.
“Geraldine is a dedicated nurse who goes above and beyond what is required and selflessly goes the extra mile for her patients,” said colleague Dr Chris Bidder.
“It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations”
Other winners include the children’s community nurse team in Winchester, part of the children’s community nursing service run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It was nominated for the WellChild team award by a number of parents of children the team has cared for.
Described as a “small, intimate team whose hearts are with their patients and families”, the group of nurses was also put forward for the award by a consultant paediatrician who works with them.
“This dedicated, caring and skilled group of nurses offers care which is second to none and nothing is too much trouble for them,” said WellChild.
The awards, which also recognise the contribution and achievements of volunteers, carers and children and young people with serious illnesses, will be presented on 4 September at a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
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WellChild patron the Duke of Sussex and his wife will be among a host of high profile figures and celebrities attending the awards, which are run in association with pharmaceutical company GSK.
The award winners were chosen from hundreds of nominations by a panel of experts in children’s health, including leading health professionals and young people who have faced serious illness.
WellChild’s director of programmes, Linda Partridge, who was a member of panel, said judging the entries had been a difficult task.
“It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country,” she said.
She added: “All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people.”
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