Learning Disability Nurse awarded national honour

Date: 30 August 2022

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Medway NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Eloise Brett has been presented with a Cavell Star Award for promoting equality in healthcare and ensuring a positive experience for patients. 

The award and commemorative pin badge were presented to Eloise by Trust Chief Executive Jayne Black during a special surprise celebration at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The national recognition scheme shines a light on nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to their colleagues, patients and patients' families. The awards were launched in 2018 in memory of British nurse Edith Cavell, who is seen as a pioneer of modern nursing and remembered for saving the lives of many soldiers during the First World War.

Eloise, who joined the Trust in 2016, was nominated for overseeing initiatives to help improve patient outcomes while they spend time in hospital, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently she helped launch a new ‘one stop shop’ service at Medway Maritime Hospital for patients with learning disabilities and autism who require medical procedures under a general anaesthetic. This allows patients to have a combination of important treatments such as dental and podiatry work, and endoscopies or colonoscopies, while they are sedated, and following a best interest decision. Usually these procedures are completed while a patient is awake, but for people with learning disabilities and autism they can be traumatic and overwhelming.

Reacting to news of her award, Eloise said:

‘I’m really surprised and delighted to win this award! It’s such a wonderful thing to acknowledge the work we do for patients with learning disabilities and autism at Medway Maritime Hospital. It’s a really lovely moment for me and the team and one I will remember for years to come – I feel incredibly proud.’’

Jayne Black, Chief Executive at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said:

‘’This is a very prestigious award for Eloise which is testament to all the incredible work she has done to improve experiences and access to care for our patients. We are all so proud of Eloise and congratulate her on this fantastic achievement.’’

  • Summary:

    Medway NHS Foundation Trust Learning Disability Liaison Nurse Eloise Brett has been presented with a Cavell Star Award for promoting equality in healthcare and ensuring a positive experience for patients.