A nurse who was instrumental in setting up a primary care service for Rotherham’s most deprived vulnerable and marginalised groups has been named as a finalist in the Kate Granger Awards.
Now in their fourth year, the awards were set up in remembrance of Dr Kate Granger, who worked to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign.
“We have again faced the difficult task of deciding the shortlist”
The nine finalists were selected from 117 entrants in the three award categories – individual, team and organisation.
A panel that included Kate’s close friend and colleague Dr Natalie Silvey, Kate’s husband Chris Pointon and Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, chose the nine finalists.
Among the three nominees for the individual award is Jean McVann, a nurse who has worked for the health service in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, for her entire career.
She is managing director of the Gateway Primary Care Community Interest Company, which has the stated aim of providing an “excellent holistic health and social care service in a safe and non-judgemental way” for Rotherham’s “most deprived vulnerable and marginalised groups”.
“The ends she goes in meeting peoples’ needs to help them is an inspiration”
Over a decade ago, she set up a new general practice called the Gate Surgery for socially excluded and vulnerable groups. It was subsequently put together with the Rosehill Medical Centre in Rawmarsh and Canklow Road Surgery under the umbrella of the social enterprise scheme.
Ms McVann is described as working “tirelessly to support the most vulnerable in society, going well above and beyond the call of duty as a nurse in taking a holistic and caring approach to all”.
“Her mantra of ‘looking beyond the label’ and the ends she goes in meeting peoples’ needs to help them, is an inspiration,” said her nomination.
It added: “She has set up the service she leads from scratch, initially working on a voluntary basis, supporting homeless people on the streets of Rotherham as well as persuading commissioners to fund a dedicated primary care service for the homeless and the vulnerable which she has gradually built up to make the service into what it is today.”
The nomination cited examples of her compassion as supporting a patient who was terminally ill at home by taking them medication and food, and finding accommodation for a homeless person and sourcing furniture suitable for them prior to planned surgery so they could leave hospital afterwards.
She was also credited with providing healthcare on the streets and in shelters and working with the Home Office, local council, benefit agency and voluntary groups to support her patients.
She is also a parish councillor, and organises fundraising fairs and every year sets up a remembrance tree at the local cemetery at Christmas for relatives to add ribbons onto, in memory of loved ones.
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Speaking about Ms McVann, one patient at her surgery said: “I find that if and when I feel the need to see Jean McVann she has always has the time and care to respond to me and is very caring and listens to me very attentively.
“Also, she has been known to help in matters that I could not do for myself. She always has an easy-going attitude towards me that puts me at ease,” they added.
In 2012, Ms McVann was shortlisted for the Society Guardian Public Servant of the Year Award.
Mr Pointon, will take Kate’s place at the awards at the Health and Care Innovation Expo, which is being staged at Manchester Central on 11-12 September 2017.
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He said: “As with the last three years, there have been some fantastic entrants and we have again faced the difficult task of deciding the shortlist.
“The nominees are exceptional and will highlight the dedication and commitment of everyday people who work in the NHS,” he added.
The other award finalists are named below. Information on their nominations can be found on the NHS England website.
- Jean McVann
- Dr Andrew Weatherburn
- Dr Rajesh Mohan
- INTERACT (Child and young person crisis prevention and resolution service) – North East London Foundation Trust
- Palliative Care Northumbria
- The Daisy, Green Lane, Devizes
- Shropshire and Staffordshire Leadership Leads Group
- South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- St Luke’s Hospice