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Tuesday 24 April 2018
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Angela McDonald
Angela McDonald

Bereavement nurse wins top award

A nurse said she was thrilled to be crowned winner at a national awards ceremony.


Angela McDonald, bereavement trainer for children and families at Salford Royal, was crowned winner in the Supporting Carers category at the 2016 RCNi Nurse Awards, the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence.


The award is for nurses who have developed initiatives to support carers and who can demonstrate that their initiative has had a positive impact on carers’ own physical and mental health as well as improving the health outcomes for the person being cared for.


Angela trains healthcare professionals, families, teachers and carers to help them recognise the needs of bereaved children and families.


She said: “I never expected to hear my name being read out as the winner on the night but I am delighted.


“I was up against some remarkable people in my category so I am extremely proud to have won.”


Angela provides emotional support to children and families, helping them find practical support and specialist services. She has developed a set of tools so hospital staff can give the right care to children and families irrespective of place of death along with four one-day workshops, covering children and bereavement, loss and bereavement, communicating with families and children, responding to loss and bereavement.


She will now use her expertise to share best practice and help nursing colleagues to implement similar services at hospital Trusts around the country.


Fiona Murphy, Assistant Director of Nursing Bereavement and Donor Support at Salford, Bolton and Wigan NHS Foundation Trusts, said:


“I am amazed at the positive impact that Angela has had on our children, families, staff and carers in such a short time of being in post.”


Angela added: “I am a member of a great team at Salford Royal and I have the privilege of working with some fantastic families. I’m very proud to be a nurse and I look forward to sharing my experiences with colleagues around the UK.”


Andrea Lightfoot, Service Improvement Manager for NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, who commissions end of life care in Salford, said: “I am delighted to hear that Angela McDonald won the nurse of the year award, and I’d like to wish huge congratulations to her and to her team.


“Angela provides such a vital service to children in what is truly devastating circumstances and when they are at their most vulnerable.


“Her award is a true reflection on what she has achieved and what she has brought to the children who come into her care.”