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First Cavell Star Award for nurse who delivers outstanding care
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Press release date12/04/2019
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Cavell Star Awards are a national programme for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who go above and beyond in their role, and are an important way of thanking our teams for the incredible work they do.
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Lara Mitchell receiving her Cavell Star award from Carolyn Fox
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Earlier this year Carolyn Fox, Chief Nurse at Leicester’s Hospitals nominated Lara Mitchell, a Metastatic Bone Disease Specialist Nurse at the Royal Infirmary.


This week Lara received the award for her support, guidance and invaluable care she gave to patient throughout his cancer diagnosis.


The patient wrote a letter into the hospital to explain his experience: “If I could sum up her care in one word it would be amazing. But one word is not enough. I need to explain that since my diagnosis she has been available to discuss anything about my illness. She has helped me to understand what I have and how to approach things. As well as organising my scans and x rays. I always look forward to seeing her if she is in the clinic when I visit. The role she does is invaluable. A defining moment was when she said my illness does not define me. ”


Carolyn Fox explains the reaction to reading the letter about Lara. She said: “The way in which Lara has made such a positive impact on this patient and his experience show’s what an amazing lady she is. I am pleased she is part of our nursing team. To me she is exactly what being a nurse is centred on. I am very grateful to Lara for the care she gives to her patients.


“The Cavell Star Award is a fantastic way to say thank you to those nurses and midwives who provide outstanding care. There are lots of stars in our hospitals so I think Lara’s award could be the first of many.”


Lara has worked as a Metastatic Bone Disease Specialist Nurse for the last 2 years. Her role includes caring for patients who have bone metastases, or osseous metastatic disease from their cancer. She is the first nurse to receive a Cavell Star Award at Leicester’s Hospitals.


Lara said: “I am very grateful to receive this award from the Cavell Nurses Trust. It has made me feel incredibly proud of the Metastatic Bone Disease Service, which I helped to set up. I am dedicated to supporting patients in their cancer journey and helping them to maintain and improve their quality of life. Receiving thank you letters from patients really gives me a confidence boost and lets me know I am doing a good job and how important the service is. Thank you so much.”


Nominations are sought from healthcare teams throughout the UK for that special team mate who has shown exceptional care for either their colleagues or their patients and patients’ families.


Healthcare professionals wishing to nominate can find out more at: https://www.cavellstarawards.org

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For media enquiries please contact:
Kimberleigh Salt
0116 258 8644
kimberleigh.salt@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6797
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