Colorectal clinical nurse specialists Paula Brayford and Sarah Thompson have won national awards for their outstanding work with bowel cancer patients.
Paula Brayford, who works for the ShrewsburyTelford Hospital NHS Trust, and Sarah Thompson, from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, received their award from us at a conference on Monday 21 September.
The Gary Logue Colorectal Nurse Awards were established by the charity in memory of one of our wonderful specialist nurse advisors Gary who sadly died last year. These awards aim to recognise those nurses who make a big difference to the lives of their bowel cancer patients.
Paula and Sarah were presented with their awards by Gary Logue’s partner, Cristian Leon, at the National Colorectal Cancer Nurse Network Conference. The award included £500 bursary towards their professional development.
Paula said: “This award is very special because you are nominated by a patient and voted for by your peers. “I feel very humbled and honoured to receive it and extremely touched that one of my patients took the time to nominate me.”
Sarah added: “ It makes it extra special that the award is in memory of Gary Logue, who I knew and who was such a great nurse.”
The Chief Executive of the charity Mark Flannagan said: “We’re delighted to present Paula and Sarah with their awards, which they both richly deserve. The dedication to their patients is incredible. They’re a true inspiration for all those who work with cancer patients.”
Paula was nominated for her award by cancer patient Les McCrory from Shrewsbury. He said:“She reassured and supported me throughout my surgery and has continued to do so during my recovery…I cannot praise her highly enough.”
Bowel cancer patient, Garth Taylor from Lee in Lewisham, nominated Sarah. He said:“I was diagnosed with bowel cancer 2011, which had spread to my lungs and liver. Sarah was with me when I was told that the main tumour was inoperable and she convinced me that there was still hope. I eventually responded well to chemo and went on to have a colectomy. As a result, I am currently free of cancer.
Sarah has been brilliant throughout. She has briefed me at every stage of my treatment, helping me to face the future and make sense of good news and bad…”