Specialist Orthopaedic Nurse, Clare-Louise Sandell has been awarded the 2009 Treloar and Gauvain Memorial Fund Prize for the ‘most promising orthopaedic nurse’ in the South East of England. Clare-Louise, who works for NHS Isle of Wight and is based at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport on the Island was presented with her award at a meeting of the Elective Services Directorate at St. Mary’s Hospital, Newport. The award was presented by Dr Chris Everett and Mrs Delia Thomas, committee members of the Lord Mayor Treloar and Gauvain Memorial Fund.
The Treloar and Gauvain Memorial Fund was set up by the Alton Society in 2002 to commemorate the former Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital in Alton, Hampshire and its founder Sir William Purdie Treloar, JP, Bart together with his resident Medical Superintendent, Dr Sir Henry Gauvain.
Speaking at the presentation, Delia Thomas said: “The award is for a significant contribution to orthopaedic nursing. What shone through for the judges was Clare-Louise’s underlying commitment and interest in her patients with a focus on the follow-up patients receive after an operation and ensuring continuity of care.”
In his nomination to the fund Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Salim Nasra said that ‘Clare-Louise had made a major contribution to the Orthopaedic Department. This had been particularly important with the service provided to patients by establishing nurse led clinics and by being supportive of improvements made to the service over a number of years.’ Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Nigel Hobbs said during the presentation: “I am so impressed by Clare Louise’s dedication, her loyalty to the orthopaedic service, her colleagues and most importantly the patients. Clare-Louise demonstrates in everything she does that it’s all about the patients!” Chief Nurse at NHS Isle of Wight, Carol Alstrom said: “Many congratulations to Clare-Louise on this award which rightly recognises her excellent work in the field of orthopaedics. She is a credit to nursing and to NHS Isle of Wight.”
Speaking after the presentation Clare-Louise said: “I am pleased to receive the award but none of what I have achieved would have been possible without the support of the team I work with. The contribution of everyone from support staff to clinicians and managers and including patients to the work of the orthopaedic department makes it such an innovative and fantastic place to work.”
The letter of notification to Clare Louise from the Treloar & Gauvain Memorial Fund says that ‘you have been selected to be our ‘most deserving orthopaedic nurse’ for 2009 having come out on top of some very strong candidates’. Clare-Louise chose as her prize a medical book, worth circa £50 and was also presented with a book detailing the history of the Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital which is now a specialist school for the disabled. Clare-Louise has worked for the NHS on the Isle of Wight since 1992.
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Smaller group 1 - Left to right back row first
- Back Row - Susan Bradshaw, Lesley Harris, Mr Jonathan Gardiner,
- Front Row - Mr Nigel Hobbs, Dr Chris Everett, Clare-Louise Sandell, Jackie Collier, Delia Thomas, Mr Salim Nasra