Pennine Acute Community nurse shortlisted for national Nurse Awards for palliative care work

Victoria Thorne
Pennine Acute Community nurse shortlisted for national Nurse Awards for palliative care work
24 March 2016

A NORTH Manchester community nurse from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust who works in integrated community services has been shortlisted for the Leadership Award in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016.

Victoria Thorne, Lead Nurse for North Manchester Community Services at the Trust, has made the shortlist for her involvement in the launch of a new North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service.

The judging panel recognised Vick’s great leadership skills and how she managed changes to staff working patterns and operating hours when the new service launched in April 2015. She also implemented a new triage system and referral criteria that means more patients can be supported and receive care and treatment in their own homes.

The RCNi Nurse Awards, formerly the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards, are the profession’s top accolade for nursing excellence. The final awards ceremony takes place on 6th May in London.

Victoria Thorne, Lead Nurse for North Manchester Community Services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, (pictured) said:

“I feel very privileged to have been nominated for the leadership award. The new extended service has greatly enhanced palliative and end of life care and support for patients and families in North Manchester. It has been a pleasure working with staff from a variety of organisations and our patient representatives who have been enthusiastic and motivated in helping to develop the service.”

Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at the Trust, said:

“We are very proud that Vick has been shortlisted for the Leadership award and she is thoroughly deserving of the nomination, having played a leading role as both Service Manager for Specialist Nursing and then as Lead Nurse for Community Services when the North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service launched in April 2015. Vick led a complete change in practice for the Community Macmillan Service, including a change in operating hours and working patterns. Vick introduced a new clinical triage system to support the team and a new referral criteria, which means more patients can be cared for.  This has meant that our patients are receiving more timely care and it is impacting positively on their experiences. Well done Vick.”