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Learning Disabilities Nurse (LD) at HPFT receives a national Cavell Star Award

29 Oct 19 - 29 Oct 20

Craig is a Modern Matron working at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT). He was delighted to receive a Cavell Star Award last month after being nominated by HPFT's Executive Director of Quality and Safety and Chief Nurse Dr Jane Padmore. These national awards are given to nurses, midwives, nursing associates and health care assistants, who shine bright and show exceptional care to colleagues, patients and/or patients families.

Craig being presented with his Cavell Award by Dr Jane Padmore

Craig knew from an early age that he wanted to be an LD Nurse. His dad was a support worker for adults with learning disabilities and Craig often spent time with them on Sundays, while his dad was cooking Sunday lunch for all of them. Craig also did volunteering during the holidays and worked as a support worker, whilst studying for his nursing degree – so he’s no stranger to working hard.

Craig joined HPFT from prison health care in 2016. He said: “I love a challenge and am keen to try anything, if I think it will make a difference. I’m passionate about supporting our staff to make sure our teams have the confidence and skills to reduce the need for using restrictive practices. We’re also working hard to increase support for people in the community, in order to prevent hospital admissions and reduce lengths of stay for those people who do need to be admitted.

“Continually being proactive to improve things is a challenge when responding to a variety of situations in any one day, but I think it’s crucial to be adaptable and to keep going.”

Jane Padmore said: “I nominated Craig for this award, for his passion and dedication to service users. As I go about the Trust, Craig is frequently highlighted as a person that goes the extra mile for service users, carers and colleagues. His passion for service users shines brightly and makes a significant difference to their lives.”

Craig was delighted to receive his Star Award and said: “I’m always keen to go to work, so I must be enjoying it. The only job better than this one, is being a dad to my two boys, so I feel very lucky to have been recognised with this award, for doing a good job.”

John Orchard, Chief Executive at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, says “Cavell Nurses’ Trust is here for nursing professionals when they’re in a crisis, so we are really excited that the Cavell Star Awards are proving so successful at boosting morale for nursing teams working extremely hard in very challenging situations.”

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