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Macclesfield lung cancer nurse given royal recognition for her work
A Macclesfield nurse has become one of just a handful nationally to receive a royal award for her work.
Karen Clayton, Macmillan Lung Cancer Lead Nurse with East Cheshire NHS Trust, was given the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Award for Outstanding Service at a recent Queen’s Nursing Institute ceremony.
Karen, who is based at Macclesfield Hospital, was one of just five nurses nationally to receive the award, which she received at a ceremony which featured Call the Midwife star Stephen McGann (pictured with Karen in the attached photo).
Karen was nominated by her colleague Andrea Byatte, Macmillan Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist, for her dedication to local patients and her team. Andrea said: “Karen is a brilliant nurse and a wonderful person too. I wanted to nominate her because I came back from maternity leave to find she has kept our team together while also become the team leader of our Specialist Palliative Care Team and managed both services really well through lots of changes.”
Nominating Karen, Andrea wrote: “Karen is committed to the needs of family and carers of the patients. If the family are struggling, she organises care and hospice help or offers home visits at the drop of a hat. At all times Karen acts with compassion and sensitivity, with no request being too much trouble.”
Karen has been with East Cheshire NHS Trust since she qualified 17 years ago. She previously worked as a community carer before she underwent her nurse training.
Karen said: “I took my husband down to the ceremony with me as he and my family have supported me through my training which enabled me to work in a job I love. It was a wonderful event and I was very grateful to receive the award and the beautiful certificate, which is personally signed by the Queen.”
Karen, who lives in Macclesfield and has three children, has already completed her Masters Degree in Advanced Nursing and will continue her studies by undertaking a BSc in Leadership at Manchester Metropolitan University in September.