Top award for newly-qualified Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital nurse Joe Phillips

Nurse Joe Phillips who recieved an award from Northumbria University. Photo: Northumbria University

Nurse Joe Phillips who recieved an award from Northumbria University. Photo: Northumbria University - Credit: Northumbria University

An accident and emergency staff nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) has received prestigious award for his efforts while studying at Northumbria University.

Joe Phillips, from Cromer, was one of six students to receive the Heath Award, which was established in 1892 by George Yeoman Heath, former President of the Royal College of Medicine.

Mr Phillips started his nursing degree after a year working in domiciliary care in the community following his A levels. He said: 'I have always wanted to work in healthcare and to care for vulnerable people. I love talking to people, working in a pressurised environment and being able to make a difference, so nursing was perfect for me.'

The students were presented with their awards – a medal and certificate - at a special ceremony by Dr Kath Mannix, a former Consultant in Palliative Care, at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.


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