International nursing award

By Tim Clarke 12/04 Updated: 12/04 13:46

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A DEDICATED county nurse has been honoured for her great work caring for patients with an international nursing award.

Amanda Kimpton, who has recently taken up the post of clinical services locality manager for Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, was named in first place at this year’s International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN) awards.

The awards were held on March 29 at the Honourable Artillery Company in London and recognised excellence in palliative care and innovation in service to patients. Other nominations in Amanda’s category included nurses from Chile and New Zealand.

She said: “I’m thrilled the work we have been carrying out in Worcestershire has gained this recognition. I have not achieved this award on my own; it has taken the commitment of the whole team in order to succeed, without support it would not have been possible. Ultimately, we all wish to see an improvement in palliative and end of life care.”

Amanda, who was nominated by her colleagues, first trained as a nurse in her mid 30s and has since attained an Honours Degree in Community Studies and also a Master’s Degree in Health and Social Care.

She manages a team which includes consultants in palliative medicine and a clinical nurse specialist team working within the five community hospitals across the county.

Jan Ditheridge, the Trust’s director of service delivery, said: “Amanda works tirelessly with the palliative care team to ensure that patients always receive care of the highest order - we are very proud of Amanda’s achievement but not at all surprised.”

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