The Diana Children’s Community Service Team at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have been awarded a Cavell Star Award for their exceptional work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cavell Award is a prestigious national awarded which recognises outstanding commitment and dedication in nursing staff across the country.

The Diana Service provides care and support for children – with acute, complex, palliative, and long-term conditions – and their families requiring special nursing care in a community setting.

Emma Gilbert, Clinical Team Lead for the Diana Children’s Community Service at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said:

Our whole team have always gone above and beyond for the benefit of patients and their families. However, this was taken to a whole new level during Covid.

“The Diana Service have never stopped being patient-facing – our health care workers and nurses provided respite for children with complex needs. Acute care in the home never stopped, preventing hospital admissions. Our training and special school nurses continued to support schools all over the city and county for those children with additional needs. The whole team did this with a positive approach and a smile on their face even though every environment they went into was different.

“They wholeheartedly have the patient at the centre of their care and always put them before themselves. This Cavell Award is due to the outstanding care they provide on a day-to-day basis – there is not one member of the team that doesn’t deserve this award.”

Dr Anne Scott, Executive Director of Nursing at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, said:

“I am so proud to present the Cavell Award to the Diana Team for their dedication and commitment, and passion and professionalism to their patients and families every day!”

John Orchard, Chief Executive at Cavell Nurses’ Trust, explains:

“We know there are nursing professionals up and down the country who show exceptional care every day, often in very difficult circumstances and sometimes when their own life is falling apart.

“Cavell Nurses’ Trust is here for nurses when they’re in a crisis, so we are really excited that the Cavell Star Awards are proving so successful at boosting morale for nursing teams working extremely hard in very challenging situations.”

Nursing charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust launched the Cavell Star Awards in 2018 in partnership with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare. Nominations are being sought from nursing teams throughout the UK for that special teammate who has shown exceptional care for either their colleagues or their patients and patients’ families.