Heather Richardson - National Clinical Lead for Help the Hospices – has won Palliative Care Nurse of the Year in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2014.
She is joined by staff from several member hospices who scooped awards for innovation and volunteering.
The Palliative Care Nurse of the Year category recognizes a nurse who has made a substantial difference to the palliative care of patients in practice.
Heather has been described as "a fantastic role model for nursing today" and as "someone who embodies the six Cs of nursing."
In addition to her role at Help the Hospices, Heather is Strategy Advisor at St. Joseph's Hospice in East London. During her career she has held a variety of roles in adult and children’s palliative care, both clinical and managerial.
The other winners included: the Care Home Project Team at St Christopher's Hospice which scooped the Innovation Award and Joseph Attridge from North London Hospice who won the Volunteer Award.
Commenting on the awards, David Praill, Chief Executive at Help the Hospices, said:
"We are delighted to hear that Heather has received this well-deserved recognition for her work and it’s wonderful that several of our member hospices have also been successful in these awards.
"Heather is hugely respected by everyone who works with her and has done a remarkable job in recent years in driving forward the work of the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care, while at the same time as remaining earthed in clinical practice.
"She initiates projects that explore innovative, new ways of providing care and is passionate about measuring the quality of care provided, never taking it for granted. She collaborates well with everyone and is a great ambassador for hospice and palliative care nursing."
For full details on the awards, which are in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support, visit: http://awards.ijpn.co.uk/2014-shortlist