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Nurses recognised for excellence in child care

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Nurses are once again among the winners of the annual WellChild Awards, which recognise health professionals that have “gone the extra mile” in providing paediatric care.

Health professionals, including five nurses, as well as children with serious illnesses and complex conditions will be celebrated at the awards ceremony on 5 October at the Hilton on Park Lane.

“All the panel members are moved by… the dedication of the doctors and nurses who make a great difference to the lives of children and young people with seriously illnesses or complex care needs”

Linda Partridge

The awards will recognise the “remarkable” professionals making a difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families at the annual awards.

This year’s winners include the paediatric oncology team from the Royal Stoke Hospital and Gillian Jones, senior children’s nurse based at Hope Special School in Wigan.

Ms Jones has been named the winner in the nurse category, while the four Stoke nurses are recognised in the team category.

The Royal Stoke team includes children’s oncology specialist support nurses Kelly Walters, Penny Holt and Rebecca Boden, and children’s oncology clinical nurse specialist Julie Eaton.

The high profile ceremony will be attended by many of WellChild’s celebrity supporters, as well as its patron Prince Harry who will meet all the winners at a reception before the ceremony.

Linda Partridge, WellChild’s director of programmes and a member of the awards selection panel, said: “It is a tremendous challenge selecting winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from across the UK.

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

This year’s winners in the professional categories are:


Team Award Winner – Paediatric Oncology Team from Royal Stoke Hospital

The team is seven strong, made up of three children’s oncology specialist support nurses, Kelly Walters, Penny Holt and Rebecca Boden, a children’s oncology clinical nurse specialist, Julie Eaton in addition to two doctors, Dr Aswath Kumar and Dr Sarah Thompson. A children’s physiologist, Dr Carole Martin completes the team.

The team was nominated by two families who believe that they continuously go that extra mile to support the child during treatment and the family around them. One of these children was Phoebe who was diagnosed with ALL Leukaemia in 2013. 

Phoebe’s mum, Karen believes that the whole team where their heroes in helping them make the very best of an experience that no one wants to go through with their child.

The award category was sponsored by Healthcare at Home.


Nurse Award Winner – Gillian Jones from Wigan

Gillian is the Senior Children’s nurse based at Hope Special School. She is responsible for the care of the students some of whom have very complex medical needs and is extremely supportive of parents of children at the school.

She always goes the extra mile liaising with consultants, GPs and other professionals on their behalf. She is always kind and empathetic and always tries to find an answer to any question she is asked. She is extremely well liked by the whole team at the school.

Joanne Barrow whose son Tom attends the school, she said: “Just the mention of her name and my son beams with a smile. Gill always goes the extra mile and deserves recognition for this.

The award category was sponsored by Martin & Co.

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