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Double win for Pennine health visitors at national awards

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Two health visitors from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have received awards from the Community Practitioner and Health Visitor Association.

Cath Nixon, 31, was awarded the Community Practitioner of the Year Award 2015 for her outstanding contribution to community care in Oldham and volunteer work overseas.

Meanwhile, Karen Heggs who works in Trafford was named Student Health Visitor of the Year. Ms Heggs, now qualified, works for the Sale Moor health visiting team.

“I am delighted that this award raises the profile of women’s rights”

Cath Nixon

Both received awards at a ceremony held at the Oxo Tower Wharf in London on 27 March.

The awards aim to recognise the exceptional work of dedicated community practitioners and health visitors across the UK and beyond.

Ms Nixon, who has been a health visitor for five years, was nominated by her colleagues for being “selfless, courageous and caring”.

She returned to work as a health visitor in 2014 after spending two years working with women and children in Nepal, setting up clinics and influencing health practices.

More recently, she spent some time over the Christmas period volunteering as a nurse at the Save the Children Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

“Cath is a fantastic health visitor supporting families in Oldham”

Caroline Drysdale

Ms Nixon said she felt honoured to have won the award. “Over the past few years I have thoroughly enjoyed using my health visiting skills to work internationally with communities in improving women’s health rights and involving village women in decision-making,” she said.

She added: “I am delighted that this award raises the profile of women’s rights and the important work that we as practitioners can do in creating a fairer and more equal world.”

Caroline Drysdale, Oldham community services director at Pennine Care, said: “Cath is a fantastic health visitor supporting families in Oldham and we’re lucky to have her as part of our team.

“Her dedication to volunteering in some incredibly difficult circumstances to improve the lives of others is something that is hugely deserving of an award and all of Cath’s colleagues at Pennine Care are very proud of her achievements.”

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