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Celebrating Cumbria's nurses

Amanda Hulse and Helen Westwood. Credit: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Nurses in Cumbria are to be celebrated by one of the region's NHS Trusts on Nurses' Day (Thursday 12 May).

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community healthcare and mental health services across the county, wants to recognise the "hard work and dedication" of its staff.

The Partnership employs 2,000 nurses, working in services including dementia, diabetes and school nursing.

Many of them were individually recognised for their work during the floods of December 2015.

Nurses in the spotlight

Salli Pilcher, Associate Director of Nursing, was presented with a special “Queen’s Nurse Award” by the Queen’s Nursing Institute due to her outstanding efforts during the floods.

Salli and four other nurses from the Trust – Jane Dickinson, Phil Hunter, Linda Graham and Helen Boit - were also presented with the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Two other nurses – Linda Graham, District Nurse Team Lead for Eden and Angela Reynolds, Clinical Nurse Lead for the East Network – attended the Flood Heroes Reception at 10 Downing Street in March.

Recently two nurses from Flattwalks, Whitehaven attended the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association Awards in London.

Amanda Hulse won the “School Nurse of the Year” Award, while Helen Westwood was a finalist for “Universal Health Visitor of the Year”.

The Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC), which brings together nurses from all Cumbrian NHS Trusts, have been shortlisted in the Health Service Journal Awards for Training and Development.

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