This year’s ceremony was held virtually on Wednesday November 10 in an online ceremony hosted by Jason Mohammad and Helen Whyley, Director RCN Wales, with entertainment by Only Boys Aloud.
Tŷ Hafan has been sponsoring this award since 2017 in memory of Suzanne Goodall, the woman who had the vision, drive and energy to conceive of and then establish Tŷ Hafan, Wales’s first charity dedicated to providing palliative care for children in Wales, 22 years ago.
Laura Truscott-Wright, winner of the Suzanne Goodall Paediatric Nursing Award, is a Practice Educator, WellChild Nurse: Parent Trainer, and works for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Laura has remodelled systems and services as the first Wellchild parent trainer in Wales, ensuring children and young people continued to receive high quality care throughout the pandemic.
In post for one month before the first lockdown, Laura immersed herself in policies, procedures and strategies for developing care pathways and training competencies.
She worked with specialists to consider the evidence-base and promote creative new ways of working to support essential training. Laura produced video resources for parents and directly trained over one hundred family members in clinical skills.
For families caring for children with life-limiting conditions, this was transformational.
Runner-up, Rebecca McDonald is a Paediatric Palliative Care Nurse/ Community Children’s Nurse, and works for Hywel Dda University Health Board.
Rebecca has excelled in providing care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions or lifelong complex illnesses during the worst phase of the pandemic.
Despite many challenges, Rebecca harnessed all her compassion and leadership skills to fulfil parental preferences for children to die within their own home, surrounded by close family members.
She gave holistic, ‘round the clock’ end-of-life home care, simultaneously for two children, with the end stage for one child covering a period of three months. This required her to negotiate the commitment of hospital, community and hospice-teams.
Deb Ho, Director of Care at Tŷ Hafan, said: “Congratulations to Laura and Rebecca from all at Tŷ Hafan . It has been yet another immensely challenging year for nursing and you have not only risen to the challenge, but have superceded expectations. We congratulate you, and all those recognised by the Royal College of Nursing Wales’ Nurse of the Year Awards, and thank you for what you do.”