Address : Craig Nair, Wiggonby, Wigton
Postcode : CA7 0JR
Telephone : 016973 42291
Email : email@example.com
Full Name : Janet Lamb
Telephone : 01228 603739
Email : janet.lamb@HHCNL.cumbria.nhs.uk
IN WHAT CAPACITY DO YOU KNOW THE NOMINEE : Employee of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland until retirement in June 2018.
YOUR NOMINATION ACHIEVEMENTS, PERSONALITY & SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY & OVER WHAT PERIOD OF TIME? : Vera commenced nurse training at West Cumberland Hospital in 1972. These were very happy days and following qualification as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1975 she worked as a staff nurse on a busy medical ward which incorporated coronary care.
Having left work in 1978 to have her first son, (no maternity leave in those days) she returned to work as a District Nurse, completing her training in 1981. Having had her second son in 1982, (maternity leave introduced at this stage) she worked as a District Nurse initially in Whitehaven and more latterly in Carlisle for a total of 21 years.
In 1999 Vera successfully applied for a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist role completing a degree in Cancer and Palliative Care part time in 2004. She really loved this role but external influences on the provision of clinical care within the NHS became so burdensome that she took the decision to take early retirement in 2010 at the age of 56. However, Vera still had much to give and the desire to do so and so she applied to work as an RGN for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. Initially she worked on nights providing one to one care for patients in the last year of life and at end of life. More latterly she worked on days from the Clinical Team Office, undertaking visits to patients referred to the service and sharing the benefit of her extensive knowledge and skills with other staff thorough provision of supervision for them.
Throughout her career Vera always fostered the same philosophy, to do her very best for patients, family members and carers (and colleagues) with whom she worked. Regardless of the situation, excellent communication was always her objective. This was an essential element of her work with patients as having a clear understanding of the situation they were in and options available to them was paramount in them being able to make informed decisions, having a greater ease of mind regarding their choice and commitment and compliance in their treatment going forward. However, in periods of increased anxiety and crisis, patients and family members/carers like to have a trusted contact, for many, this was Vera and her door was always open.
The person I have nominated deserves to be considered for an invitation to the Cumbria Women of the Year Lunch because: : Vera has dedicated her working life to the nursing profession and latterly, for almost twenty years, to those receiving palliative care and/or approaching end of life. Vera has been tenacious in striving to provide the best care possible for patients/family members/carers at all times. This not only involved giving above and beyond of herself in the provision of excellent care, but also advocating for patients and family members/carers to ensure appropriate care delivery by others, (working in areas of health, social care, voluntary sector etc.), in a timely manner. This high level of commitment and care provision has never waivered even during times of personal adversity. Vera retired in June 2018 and the absence of her knowledge, compassion and skills in the professional arena are a significant loss for all who may have come into contact with her and benefitted from them.
She is greatly missed by her colleagues at Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.
I would appreciate her dedication and unselfish commitment to the Cumbrian community to be acknowledged through invitation to the Cumbria Woman of the Year lunch event.