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Learning disability nurse at Norfolk hospital scoops national award

17:04 21 May 2014

Rebecca Crossley of the James Paget University Hospital was named as Learning Disability Nurse of the Year

Rebecca Crossley of the James Paget University Hospital was named as Learning Disability Nurse of the Year

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A Norfolk hospital nurse has spoken of her pride after winning a national award.

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Rebecca Crossley, who has worked at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for the last four years, works with staff and patients to ensure that people with learning disabilities and autism receive good care.

The nurse was named as Learning Disability Nurse of the Year at a gala dinner in Birmingham last Friday during the National Learning Disability Awards.

She was nominated by charity Mencap for ensuring that people with a learning disability have access to equal healthcare and are not discriminated against.

The award, supported by the Department of Health, acknowledges the important role that specialist nurses have in promoting the emotional, physical, psychological and social health of the people they support.

She said: “This is a fantastic honour and I’m immensely proud to have won this award. I would like to thank Mencap for nominating me. I love my job as it enables me to ensure people with learning disabilities and their carers receive the best possible service available to them by inspiring others to look how they can provide care differently.”

The national awards are organised by Care Talk magazine and the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, which are supported by the Department of Health, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Skills for Care.

The liaison nurse works with patients every day, as well as ensuring that staff are given advice and support so that reasonable adjustments can be made to patient care. The role also plays a crucial role in raising the profile and status of people with a learning disability and autism who attend the James Paget University Hospital.

Liz Libiszewski, director of nursing, quality and patient experience at the JPH, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Rebecca and thoroughly deserved. This award is particularly special, because she was nominated by Mencap, who have specialised in supporting people with learning disabilities for over 60 years.

“They have recognised the difference Rebecca has made to the service we provide for our learning disability patients and their carers. Her commitment to her role and her patients make her a worthy winner.”

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