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Aspiring nurse wins award for compassionate care

Lydia Jackson, a healthcare assistant and aspiring nurse in Cumbria, was given a Kate Granger award for compassionate care yesterday.

Jackson was given the Individual Award by Kate Granger, the terminally ill 33-year-old doctor who started the #mynameis campaign and set up these awards.

Granger, speaking at the awards at the NHS Expo in Manchester, said: “I can't really explain how proud I am to have something like the awards named after me. It's really a big part of my legacy to the NHS. I'm a very positive person and I think celebrating when care is good needs to happen more often.”

Jackson was given the award for her “exceptional care” given to a man with an extensive fungating lesion to his face, who was released from hospital but lives at home as is “fiercely independent”. She was on holiday in Cornwall so a representative picked up her award (pictured).

Along with her team, Jackson stayed with him well over the normal working hours, and Linda Graham, team lead, Eden Community Nursing, said: “It was an absolute privilege to work alongside Lydia that evening to see the relationship and trust this gentleman has for her.

“She treats him with such dignity and respect and he listens to her gentle encouragement responding to her in a way he does not with other staff. She is a shining example of compassionate care, going about her daily work with a quiet modesty and not always aware of the qualities she possesses and the impact she has on others,” she added.

Jackson is training to be a nurse alongside working as a health assistant.

Next year if Granger is unable to attend the awards, Chris Pointon, her husband of 10 years, will continue to select the winners on her behalf.