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EB nurses recognised with Nightingale Award

EB nurses recognised with Nightingale Award

As the NHS celebrates its 70th year, we’d like to congratulate EB clinical nurse specialists Caroline Mackenzie and Annette Downe on being among the first nurses to be recognised with the Nightingale Award, which was recently launched at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

The award, named after the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale, aims to recognise the most outstanding nurses and midwives and to equip them to provide outstanding care delivered with skill, kindness and compassion.

To receive the award, nurses had to complete a work-based learning module provided by King’s College London, in addition to continuing their daily work as nurses.

Lead EB clinical nurse specialist at Thomas’ Hospital, London, Jane Clapham, said: “The Nightingale nurse is a dedicated pioneer, innovative with an enquiring mind, who inspires others and goes above and beyond the call of duty, putting patients and their carers at the centre of everything they do. This sums up Caroline and Annette. Both of these wonderful people have worked extremely hard to fit this in around their very busy roles as EB nurses.”

The award was presented by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England.

She said: “Presenting the Nightingale Nurse Awards was a huge privilege and honour. It was great to see so many nurses being recognised for their outstanding work. They should all feel immensely proud of their achievements.”

Congratulations, Caroline and Annette, you fight EB!

Find out more about how DEBRA works in partnership with the NHS to improve the quality of life for people suffering from EB here.


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