Tuesday 28th April 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Spring 2015
Mac Voice speaks to Lorraine Burgess about being named Nurse of the Year at the 2014 Nursing Times Awards
Lorraine Burgess is a Macmillan Dementia Nurse Consultant who has worked at The Christie Oncology Hospital in Manchester since July 2013. She received the Nursing Times award due to her work developing services for older people and people with dementia throughout a career which spans 40 years.
Lorraine says of the accolade: ‘I feel truly honoured to have received this award. It has to be one of the proudest moments and achievements in my nursing career.’ She adds: ‘Patients and their carers are at the heart of the care we provide at The Christie and I hope the work I do reflects that ethos.’
‘I first started in the NHS in 1974 as a very young mum and have progressed through a variety of roles, from that of a part-time evening domestic assistant, to a dementia nurse specialist at The Christie, where the aim of the role is to improve care and develop services for people with both cancer and dementia. Earlier this year I became the first Macmillan Dementia Consultant Nurse in the UK, as part of a partnership between The Christie and Macmillan.’
The specialist cancer centre in Manchester is the only oncology hospital in the UK to have a dementia team. The team comprises a Psycho-Oncologist Consultant, an Occupational Therapist and Lorraine in her role as specialist nurse, ensuring staff, people living with cancer and dementia, and carers are supported throughout their cancer journey.
Lorraine says: ‘I feel valued, supported and listened to by my colleagues, which gives me the opportunity to develop my skills and turn ideas into actions. I firmly believe you are as good as the people you work with, and I really value the team I work alongside at The Christie.’
Lorraine’s role involves educating and training other health and social care professionals, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to care for people with dementia. This training helps professionals understand how dementia can impact on a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Lorraine also provides joint-working, to address the gap which often occurs in care provision for people with both physical and mental health problems.
Roger Spencer, Interim Chief Executive at The Christie, says: ‘It’s a fantastic honour and achievement to have one of our nurses named as Nurse of the Year. Lorraine works tirelessly to make sure the needs of dementia patients with cancer are met at The Christie.’
The Nursing Times Awards aim to showcase nursing projects across the UK that are smart, innovative and compassionate. The awards received nearly 800 entries in total and awards were presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29 in front of more than 1,000 nursing professionals.
Please email Lorraine.