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Nurses recognised for voluntary overseas burns work

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Three nurses from Wales have won a national award in recognition of their “remarkable” work helping burns patients in Bangladesh.

Dominique Potokar, Sarah Reavenall and Danni Mehrez, all from the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, were presented with the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Special Achievement Award.

All three volunteer for the international burns education and research network, Interburns, and earlier this year Ms Potokar and Ms Reavenell flew to Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to train burns nurses from all over the country.

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Nurses recognised for voluntary overseas burns work

Sarah Reavenall training healthcare staff in Bangladesh

“Our training is innovative in its writing and delivery and is written especially for countries with limited resources,” said Ms Potokar. “Our team is our strength and it is an honour to help nurses to improve burns care for their patients.”

Ms Mehrez, who has been instrumental in putting the training together, said burn injuries present clinicians with “unique challenges”.

“Working with Interburns is a fulfilling experience that involves sharing skills across the globe to promote and develop effective burn healthcare,” she added.

Ms Reavenell said the three were “so pleased” to win the achievement award, which was presented to them by champion athlete Sally Gunnell at a ceremony in London yesterday.

“Dominique, Sarah and Danni show so clearly the remarkable impact nurses have on patients’ lives,” said Cavell Nurses’ Trust chair Simon Knighton. “It’s this impact that inspires Cavell Nurses’ Trust and our supporters to be here for nurses with support and money when they face a crisis in their own lives.”

The special achievement award, which was sponsored by high street retailer Next, was one of 10 made by the charity to celebrate the commitment of qualified and student nurses and midwives across the UK.

Other Cavell Nurses’ Trust award winners:

  • Leadership in School Nursing Award: Sarah Logan and Sarah Deakin, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Innovation in School Nursing Award: Lynne Schuller, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
  • Outstanding QARANC Reservist Clinical Professional Development Award: Lt Seamus Reid, 204 (North Irish) Field Hospital
  • Community Award: Olivia Rees, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: Jane Carpenter, Oxford Brookes University
  • Outstanding Student Midwife Award: Hayley Forbes, Cardiff University
  • Outstanding Student Nurse Award: Cara Sturgess, University of Southampton
  • Outstanding QARANC Reservist Student Award: Kate Cranston, Teesside University
  • Edith Cavell Leadership Award: Lucy Gladwell, Birmingham City University


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