A Camden palliative care nurse has won an award for her work in educating the public about dying.
Susan Morris, palliative care clinical nurse specialist at Central and North West London Foundation Trust, won the Welch Allyn UK Pioneers of Care Award for the “outstanding contribution” she has made in 20 years of voluntary work.
Once her working day is over, Ms Morris volunteers her free time to the Natural Death Centre charity, of which she is a trustee.
The Natural Death Centre charity aims to inform and educate the public about choices available to them and their carers’ and offers free impartial advice on all aspects of dying and death, in particular consumer advice on funerals and natural burial grounds.
She said: “It’s such an honour to be given this award which I hope will enable us to create more healthy discussion about death in our society.
“People who are dying are often perceived as a vulnerable group, but in palliative care and through my charity work we work to change that, and give people real choices to have honest, informed conversations about death.”
The award was presented at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London.
Medical equipment manufacturer Welch Allyn, which hosted the award, offered the award winner an education bursary of £1,500.
Ms Morris has donated this bursary to the Natural Death Centre charity to help continue its ground breaking work on consumer choice towards the end of life.