Hinckley-based public health nurse (health visitor) Chantelle Smith was delighted to receive a Cavell Star nursing award for showing exceptional care both to colleagues and to the families she works with.

Chantelle, who has been a health visitor for two years having previously worked in adult mental health nursing, was nominated for the award by her colleague and fellow health visitor Jess Hames. Jess says: “We did our training together, and Chantelle has been so supportive, both to me and to others in our team. She’s always smiling and has such a positive influence on everyone she meets. I wanted her to be recognised for the difference she makes.”

Louise Evans, service group manager (pictured below second from right), who surprised Chantelle by presenting her with the special Cavell medal at a team meeting, said: “It’s always a pleasure to be able to celebrate the achievements of the wonderful nursing staff we have within our Healthy Together 0-19 service. Health visitors like Chantelle have such an important role to play in helping new mums to build their confidence, and it’s clear she is an excellent role model for others too.”

Chantelle said: “I’m really touched and overwhelmed to have been nominated. I absolutely love my job, and work with some fantastic people.”

Cavell Star Awards is a national awards programme that celebrates the dedication of nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants, and recognises the care they provide to patients and families as well as to colleagues.