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St Clare nurse leader recognised by national nursing awards

Charity / Wed 28th Jul 2021 at 07:04am

CAROLEANN Brannan, Director of Patient Care at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, has been shortlisted in the Nurse Leader of the Year award category in the prestigious Nursing Times Awards 2021. 

The awards shine a light on the brightest talent in the nursing profession, recognising those who are making nursing innovative, patient-focused and inclusive. Carolanne is one of 11 nurse leaders to be shortlisted for the award; all of whom will now be interviewed by a judging panel in September, before the overall award winner will be announced on27th October 2021 at the Nursing Times Awards ceremony, taking place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Carolanne, who is a registered nurse, has been recognised for her transformative leadership in the three years that she has been working at St Clare Hospice. A visible mark of Carolanne’s success as a nurse leader has been taking the Hospice from being a Care Quality Commission (CQC) – rated ‘Good’ hospice to becoming an ‘Outstanding’ hospice.

The award also recognises Carolanne’s ability to lead a clinical team responsively through the pandemic. Under Carolanne’s leadership, along with that of the Hospice Medical Director Dr Abbas, the Hospice continued to operate as a specialist end of life unit, whilst nurses in the community continue to provide end of life care for all in their homes. Carolanne was also instrumental in developing systems to help fast-track discharge for non-covid patients during the pandemic, freeing up bed space and helping to protect vulnerable patients from Covid 19.

Carolanne also lead her teams to develop new services to support people who were grieving for loved ones during lockdown, with the creation of a new Bereavement Support Helpline and online communities to help people connect with others through their grief. 

Carolanne said: “Being shortlisted for this amazing professional award is a great privilege, and is testament to the hard work from everyone across all my teams who deliver the Hospice’s outstanding patient services. I’m very honoured to have been nominated and shortlisted and am looking forward to the next stage of the award process.

“The last 18 months have been a challenging time, but throughout I’ve witnessed first-hand the tenacity and responsiveness that is being recognised with this award and I am honoured to be representing my teams’ success with this national recognition of all our efforts.”

“The ongoing pandemic, combined with trying to provide usual services in a very challenging situation, has again demonstrated the great innovation taking place in every setting across the UK,” said Nursing Times editor Steve Ford.

“The Nursing Times Awards provides us with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the profession’s achievements in yet another very difficult year. I look forward to announcing our award winners.” 

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2 Comments for St Clare nurse leader recognised by national nursing awards:

Camilla
2021-07-28 08:05:08

Congratulations Carolanne the work u do sounds amazing. Thank you for working so hard in such difficult times. My Dad died there and I will always be grateful to the kind nurses who looked after him and for having the space for my Dad to pass away in a restful environment. Thank you Carolanne for all your hard work it sounds wonderful.

Camilla
2021-07-28 08:06:02

Congratulations Carolanne the work u do sounds amazing. Thank you for working so hard in such difficult times. My Dad died there and I will always be grateful to the kind nurses who looked after him and for having the space for my Dad to pass away in a restful environment. Thank you Carolanne.

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