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‘Inspirational’ nurse up for national compassion award

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A Rotherham nurse who has dedicated her life to helping the most vulnerable in society has been shortlisted a national award for ‘inspirational’ healthcare staff.

The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards were set up by the late Kate Granger, a terminally ill doctor who worked to raise awareness for compassion in the NHS.

Jean McVann is one of three healthcare workers nominated for the individual award. She set up a service supporting homeless people in Rotherham and persuading commissioners to fund a dedicated primary care service for the homeless and the vulnerable.

One of her patients said: ‘I find that if and when I feel the need to see Jean she has always has the time and care to respond to me and is very caring and listens to me very attentively. She always has an easy going attitude towards me that puts me at ease.’

Her achievements include supporting a terminally ill patient who at home, finding accommodation for a homeless person, providing healthcare on the streets and in shelters, and working with the Home Office and local council to support her patients.

Other nominees include INTERACT in North East London, who provide care for young people with mental health issues, and The Daisy, a care unit for people with learning disabilities.

While undergoing treatment for cancer that Dr Granger launched the #hellomynameis campaign to remind health care professionals of how introducing themselves to patients can positively affect their experience.

Before her death at the age of 34, Dr Granger said: ‘Being a patient taught me a huge amount about being a doctor.

‘Prioritising compassionate care in its rightful place alongside patient safety is perhaps one of the most important things I have learned.’

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