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Special Achievement Award 2016

Nurses making a huge difference...

Three inspirational nurses from Wales have won a national award for their efforts to help burns victims in Bangladesh, including people who have been left scarred by horrific attacks using acid.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust Special Achievement Award, sponsored by NEXT PLC, is presented to nurses who have made an outstanding contribution either to patient care or more broadly to their profession. Guest speaker Sally Gunnell OBE DL was on hand to present the award at the ceremony in London.

Dominique Navet, Sarah Reavenall and Danni Mehrez, all from the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital, have been recognised for their work to improve care for burns victims by Cavell Nurses’ Trust, a national charity that gives money and support to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students experiencing financial or personal hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty and older age.

The three nurses – who all volunteer their spare time and expertise through Interburns, the international network for training, education and research in burns – have designed a training course to improve treatment for burns victims in countries that lack specialist training and skills.

Earlier this year Dominique and Sarah flew to the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to deliver their training to burns nurses from all over the country, with support from the Dhaka-based Acid Survivors’ Association.

Dominique said:

“It was a wonderful surprise to find out we’d won the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Special Achievement Award, and it really means a lot to us. Seeing the incredible level of demand for burns treatment services in Dhaka was an eye-opener, and it was very fulfilling to see the impact our training had on the nurses present.”

Sarah said:

“There’s so much more we can do to improve the treatment of burns victims in low and middle income countries, and we’re very proud of the work being done through Interburns to counter the enormous suffering caused by burn injuries. It’s such an honour to receive this award and I hope it will help to raise awareness of the tremendous need for specialist burns training in low and middle income countries.”

Danni said:

“I’m really happy to be receiving this award from Cavell Nurses’ Trust, and I’m proud to have played a key role in developing the training course. It’s wonderful to think that through this work we’re able to help fellow nurses in other parts of the world, and ultimately to improve the standard of care for their patients.”

John Orchard, Chief Executive of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, said

“The Cavell Nurses’ Trust awards, which are now in their fifth year, celebrate the passion, commitment and impact of nurses, midwives and students throughout the UK. We’re delighted to present this new Special Achievement Award, which is kindly supported by NEXT PLC, to recognise nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of nursing care.”