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Health visitor named ‘nurse of the year’ by WellChild charity

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A health visitor “beyond compare” will be among professionals and volunteers recognised for outstanding work with children with complex health needs at an awards ceremony tonight.

Mary Jeans, who works with the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s health visiting team will be one of the winners celebrated at the annual WellChild Awards taking place on Monday.

“She springs into action to make life as easy as she can”

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The awards, run by national charity WellChild, which funds specialist nursing posts and other programmes for seriously ill children and their families, recognise the achievements of children with exceptional health needs and those who support them.

Ms Jeans, who scooped the charity’s 2016 Nurse Award, is described as “a health visitor beyond compare” by the nurse colleague who nominated her.

“Mary really cares for the children and families and provides much more than her job role,” said WellChild. “She springs into action to make life as easy as she can for children and families, offering amazing support.”

Meanwhile, the team award will be presented to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool, which provides a “wonderful home from home environment” for babies and young children aged up to five with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

“I have experienced first-hand the impact of the compassion, reassurance and support that this hospice team brings to families,” said the nurse that nominated the hospice.

“It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations”

Linda Partridge

Award winners also include a group of parents who have raised awareness of the high levels of care provided by families to sick children at home through the Not A Nurse But campaign.

The campaign, which has been welcomed by nurses and others, was spearheaded by members of the WellChild Parent Advisory Group, who shared their stories to show the complex medical tasks they do for their children that can go unrecognised.

The campaign has also involved gathering evidence to highlight gaps in support for families and demonstrate the positive impact of good support from professionals, including specialist nurses.

The award ceremony at the Dorchester in London will also recognise the achievements of children and young people with complex health needs and their siblings.

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

Linda Partridge

Winners were chosen by a panel of children’s health experts and children and young people who have experienced serious illness.

“It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country,” said Linda Partridge, WellChild’s director of programmes and judging panel member.

“All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and support and the dedication of doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a real difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people,” she said.

The ceremony, which is supported by pharmaceutical company GSK, will be attended by WellChild patron Prince Harry and a host of celebrities.

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

Mary Jeans with daughter Catrin meets Prince Harry

This year’s WellChild Award winners are:

2016 Nurse Award – Mary Jeans

“A health visitor beyond compare,” is how Mary is described by WellChild Nurse Aileen who nominated her for her award. Working in South Ayrshire Health & Social Care Partnerships Health Visiting Team Mary is praised for regularly going the extra mile for the families in her care. Mary really cares for the children and the families and provides much more than her job role. She springs into action to make life as easy as she can for children and families offering amazing support.

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

Mary Jeans with Gaby Roslin and the band Scouting for Girls

2016 Team Award – Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Liverpool

Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice provides wonderful ‘home from home’ environments for babies and infants aged from birth to five years old who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. They offer palliative, respite and end of life care, free of charge, and ongoing support to families. WellChild Nurse Elaine, who nominated the team for the award, said: “I have experienced firsthand the impact of the compassion, reassurance and support that this hospice team brings to families.”

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

The team from Zoe’s Place with Gaby Roslin, Mark Foster and Ian Waite

2016 Professional Award – Jean-Paul van Weert

One of the families who nominated Jean-Paul for this award called him a physiotherapist with a difference. “He makes everyone feel that they are the most important person in the world. All the children he treats love him to bits.” He has given up his own time to help set up and run a parents support forum called Let’s Talk for parents and carers of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties which now meets each month. He is described as professional, modest, kind and empathetic and brings a smile to everyone he meets.

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

Jean-Paul van Weert and his award

2016 Helping Hands Volunteer Company Award – Speedy

Speedy, the equipment and tool hire firm, is this year’s worthy winner of the Helping Hands Volunteer Award. In recent years the firm has undertaken 13 WellChild Helping Hands projects to help seriously ill children and their families. Speedy’s hard working staff are always keen and enthusiastic on the projects, which are fully funded by the firm. Speedy has also introduced WellChild to other companies that are doing projects with us this year, and they also continue to support all our projects with free tools!

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

Representatives from Speedy with Gaby Roslin, Lauren Drummond and Guy Henry

Special Recognition Winner – #Notanurse_but Parent Advisory Group

The highly successful campaign #Notanurse_but has been led by a group of remarkable parents from WellChild’s Parent Advisory Group. They approached WellChild with the idea to shine a light on the reality of life for families like theirs, whose contribution to providing high levels of medical care at home often goes unrecognised. The campaign is also gathering evidence to highlight gaps in support and demonstrate the positive impact on families when good support is available. These parents have spearheaded the campaign and bravely shared, through social media and in the press, what happens behind the closed doors of their homes. In a short time #Notanurse_but has gone from strength to strength. Videos made by the parents have been viewed more than 40,000 times and the campaign has met with widespread acclaim from health professionals and other parents who have felt personally helped by it. In partnership with these amazing parents, WellChild continues to build an evidence base to influence decision makers and keep the voice of the child and family at the heart of decision-making.

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Health visitor named ‘nurse of year’ by WellChild charity

The team from #Notanurse_but with their award

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