Penrith Community Health Care Assistant wins national award

Lydia Jackson, Community Health Care Assistant within the Penrith District Nursing Team has won a national award for the outstanding care and compassion she delivers to her patients.

Lydia was nominated for the Kate Granger Award by her Line Manager Linda Graham, Team Lead for Eden District Nursing. Lydia was shortlisted from 98 entries which were then whittled down to just 7 in the individual category.

Lydia said: ‘I was actually on holiday at the time of the awards but managed to stream the ceremony and watch it live. I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced as the winner; it’s rather overwhelming and emotional! I got to speak to Kate Granger on the phone which was amazing; she was really chatty and down to earth. Kate congratulated me and said she hoped the award would inspire me to continue developing my career as a nurse.’

Lydia’s Line Manager Linda Graham collected the award on Lydia’s behalf and said: ‘I was blown away when it was announced that Lydia had won the award, it was hard to actually believe what was happening. I am delighted that Lydia’s hard work has been recognised on a national scale, it is a privilege to work alongside Lydia and I am extremely proud of her.’

Dr Kate Granger – an NHS doctor and terminally ill cancer patient who started the national #HelloMyNameIs… campaign to encourage more compassionate care announced Lydia as the winner. Dr Granger said: ‘“I am incredibly proud of the legacy the Kate Granger Awards will create towards celebrating a culture of outstanding compassionate care. This year’s winners all demonstrate amazing attributes individually but with one central figure of a truly person–centred approach to care.”’

The awards were held in Manchester at the annual Health and Innovation Care Expo event at Manchester Central last Thursday.

More information on why Lydia was nominated can be found here: 
https://www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/news/press-releases/national-recognition-for-penrith-health-care-assistant#sthash.7q9Cy4ba.dpbs