Lucy Moorhead, an advanced nurse practitioner at Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has won the inaugural “psoriasis nurse of the year” award.
Ms Moorhead, from Hitchin, was nominated by several patients, including Libby Tett, from Ipswich, who said she had “reassured me and listened to me when no one else would”.
“Nurses have a vital role to play in the ongoing care of people with psoriasis”
Judges highlighted her unswerving commitment and going the extra mile, often way beyond the remit of her job, to ensure patients in her care received the best support possible, even out of hours.
Ms Moorhead, part of her trust’s severe psoriasis team, said: “I was truly honoured to win this award, and so touched that Libby and other patients nominated me.
“I often see what a difference it makes to people with psoriasis when they receive regular personalised care,” she said. “It boosts their self-confidence and motivation to effectively manage their condition, and that’s a reward in itself for us as nurses, to see those we care for empowered.
“But it’s fantastic to see the support we give as psoriasis nurses recognised in this more formal way,” she added.
The award was presented to her last night in front of 220 other nursing professionals at the British Dermatological Nursing Group’s annual conference in Bournemouth.
Launched this year by the group, the award is intended to recognise the work of psoriasis nurses delivering exceptional support and care to their patients.
The award was judged by members of the group’s executive committee and a representative from the charity the Psoriasis Association.
Inaugural ‘psoriasis nurse of the year’ named
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Lynne Skrine, president of the British Dermatological Nursing Group, said: “Nurses have a vital role to play in the ongoing care of people with psoriasis, providing both clinical and practical support to help those affected cope with their day to day lives.
“We were therefore delighted to launch the award and to receive nearly 50 heartfelt nominations for nurses from all corners of the UK and Ireland, reinforcing just how much their support is valued,” she said.
“The quality of entries was exceptional,” added Ms Skrine.
Ms Moorhead was presented with a bespoke trophy, created by a graffiti artist, that depicts the support given by nurses to people with psoriasis.
The British Dermatological Nursing Group was established in 1989 to offer an independent speciality group of nurses and healthcare professionals with an interest in dermatology.
The Psoriasis Nurse of the Year award was fully funded by pharmaceutcal company Celgene UK and Ireland