MLCO win big at the Nursing Times Awards 2021

Manchester Local Care Organisation won two accolades at the annual Nursing Times Awards 2021 ceremony that took place in London on Wednesday 27 October.

Our North Manchester Lymphoedema Service won for Promoting Patient Self-Management: Promoting lower limb lymphoedema self-care management strategies for patients with learning disabilities and our Manchester Healthy Weight Team (part of our Children’s Community Health Services) took home the award for Public Health.

Lorraine Ganley, Director of Nursing and Professional Lead for MLCO and Trafford Local Care Organisation, said: “What an amazing evening for the North Manchester Lymphoedema Service and the Manchester Healthy Weight Team winning Nursing Times Awards for Promoting Patient Self-Management and Public Health Nursing categories. A great achievement and recognition of all the work they do supporting children, young people and adults in Manchester. Congratulations to the teams, well deserved,  I am so proud.”

Claire Duggan, Lead Manager for School Health, Accident Prevention,Orthoptics, Audiology and Newborn Hearing Screening said, “I am delighted to share the news that the Healthy Weight Team won the Public Health Nursing Award last night at the Nursing Times Awards in London. We have been leading this agenda for many years now and it has been an uphill struggle with many challenges along the way. The Team have worked tirelessly to try to battle against the obesity epidemic and to try to prevent further child deaths due to morbid obesity. I couldn’t feel more proud today of what they have achieved and of how far we have come in pushing this agenda into the limelight. Congratulations to Emma and the team.”

Kathryn Taylor, Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse and Service Lead, said, “We are so proud of winning this award and of the strategies and initiatives that we have developed for our patients with learning disabilities and their carers. Working with this vulnerable patient group has its challenges but is extremely rewarding and we will continue to build upon what we have achieved to further improve the experiences of our patients, improve access to services and make reasonable adjustments to promote effective lymphoedema treatment and long-term management.”

Steve Ford, editor of Nursing Times, said: “Every year, the Nursing Times Awards showcase the innovation and best practice of nurses and midwives across the UK, providing an opportunity to celebrate and share all that is good about the nursing profession.

“But I think it’s safe to say that 2021 is special. The past 18 months have once again seen truly incredible work by nursing staff, as the unprecedented and ongoing challenge posed by the pandemic and its impact on services continues. Their efforts deserve our thanks and recognition.”

Congratulations to our colleagues at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust for winning the awards for Cancer Nursing and Respiratory Nursing.

Read a full review of the winners here.