Peak nurse shortlisted for honour

A community matron who has worked tirelessly in the High Peak to increase standards of dignity and care for patients has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Janet Robson has been nominated for the coveted title of “Nurse of the Year” at this year’s General Practice Awards for her outstanding work in the community of Tameside and Glossop.

Based mainly at the Hollingworth Clinic, Janet has worked as a community nurse in Tameside for over 25 years. In 2009 Janet took on the role of “Dignity in Care Matron”, with responsibility for ensuring and safeguarding the highest possible standards of dignity in care in Tameside and Glossop in NHS community clinics, and also care homes.

Janet has been a great success in this role, inspiring others with her leadership. Janet and her team won a Nursing Times award last year for their work, while Janet also received the title of “Queen’s Nurse” earlier this year in recognition of her commitment to community and district nursing.

The General Practice Awards reward those local health services which provide outstanding care in community settings, and who work in partnership with General Practitioners. The awards are jointly organised by three magazines: Nursing in Practice, GP Business, and Management in Practice, and are also backed by The Guardian newspaper.

Jill Pinington, Partnership Lead for Long Term Conditions for Tameside and Glossop Community Healthcare Business Group, and Janet’s manager, says

“Janet knows that the little things can make a big difference in improving dignity in care, and has been magnificent in ensuring staff make the experience of patients and care home residents as pleasant as possible. She is also a pleasure to work with. It is delightful to see her recognised again for her work which makes a really positive difference.”

Janet said “I am truly honoured to have been nominated for this award, which is really for the whole Dignity in Care team.”