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Matron at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust named Best Nurse in National Sun Awards

| October 10, 2019

Liz Monaghan, matron at the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville hospital. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)

A matron at Stoke Mandeville Hospital has been named Best Nurse in The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards 2019.

Liz Monaghan, matron at the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville hospital, was presented with her award at as special awards ceremony held in London during the evening of Tuesday 8th October 2019.

A member of our Patient Experience Group, Elaine Trump, nominated Liz for the award citing her dedication to the Purple Rose initiative which aims to improve the care for patients in the last days of their life.

Liz used her own money to fund parts of the scheme which includes supplying a special purple rose that can be placed on the door or curtain to allow families privacy. Purple Rose ‘kits’ are supplied to wards across the Trust and are funded by the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

This year The Sun received a record number of nominations from readers keen to thank their health heroes. Both Liz and Elaine featured in an eight page pull out published in The Sun newspaper on Tuesday 8th October. Further information can be found on The Sun newspaper website at https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/10088140/who-cares-wins-awards-2019-nominees/.

Liz said: ‘I lead an amazing team.

It’s [the Purple Rose] a symbol to let others know that the people around the patient are with someone at the end of their life, sharing important moments and to be mindful of that.

Jo Turner, CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, said: ‘We are delighted that Liz’s initiative has been recognised by this award.

The Charity and the Hospice are focused on providing a special kind of care and support for those at the end of their lives, and their families. Liz has enabled that care to reach outside the Hospice by using the symbol of the Purple Rose to alert ward staff to their special circumstances.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

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