National charity Pancreatic Cancer UK has awarded its first Nurses Appreciation Award to Claire Frier, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Royal Free Hospital, London. The award was given to Claire in recognition of her hard work, dedication, and commitment in the field of HPB nursing.
Claire, who has been in this post since 2008, received glowing nominations from her fellow colleagues, including Sara Hamilton, G.I. Oncology Research Nurse, who commented, "The respect and affection Claire's patients have for her is of course the best indicator of what a fantastic job she does in a role that is all about advocating for and supporting patients," and Mr Dinesh Sharma, Consultant Surgeon, said, "Against all apparently insurmountable difficulties, Claire has remained doggedly faithful to her patients and the service. She has given her all and then some to continue to support and improve the service - a true patient champion."
The judging panel consisted of two members of the charity's Medical Advisory Board, a Pancreatic Cancer UK patient voice and two members of staff. The award will now become an annual event and will be presented each year at the charity's HPB Nurses Study Day.
Jeni Jones, Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Specialist at Pancreatic Cancer UK, said, "At Pancreatic Cancer UK, we are committed to supporting the role of the specialist nurse and as such we were very keen to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. The Award focused on anything which resulted in a better experience for pancreatic cancer patients, ranging from a piece of research to a change in practice which enhanced the patient journey. Claire was voted as this years winner unanimously by our judging panel, principally, (but not solely), for her consistent and empathetic approach to patient care, and for going theextra mile."
Claire commented, "I feel honoured to have been nominated and to have won this award. In my role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, I feel it is important to be able to provide patients with individualised support and guidance due to the very difficult pathway they will take. This can be such a difficult and devastating time for any patient and their family members, so anything we can do to help make their journey a little easier is important. I would like to thank Pancreatic Cancer UK for facilitating this award, and also for raising the profile of the disease."
November's Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2013 sees the launch of Pancreatic Cancer UK's new campaign, Every Life Matters. The charity believes every life lost to pancreatic cancer matters and wants to create a better future for every single person diagnosed with the disease.