McKesson UK marks International Nurses’ Day with a special employee event

Colleagues at leading healthcare company, McKesson UK, spent time this week celebrating the role of their nursing workforce in the build up to Nurses’ Day, which takes place on Sunday 12 May.

McKesson UK, which is the parent company of LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare and MASTA Travel, employs over 300 qualified nurses. They provide care for thousands of patients in their own homes, at healthcare centres or travel clinics.

The Nurses’ Day celebrations at McKesson UK involved a week of activity designed to raise employees’ awareness of the challenges faced by their frontline nurses – and to showcase some of the services they deliver for patients.

Sarah Rickels, head of nursing at LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare said:

“Most people have examples from their own lives where the care of a nurse has helped them or a loved one. For colleagues in our business it can be easy to forget that we have nurses interacting with patients every single day, dealing with some challenging situations. With Nurses’ Day coming up, it’s been a great opportunity for us to shine a light on our nurses and recognise their passion and patient-centred approach.” 

Throughout this week, employees have been able to learn more about what it’s like to be a nurse at McKesson UK and what inspires them to do the job they do. On Friday 10 May, at the company’s head office in Coventry, they held a special Q+A panel with three of their nurses.

One of the panel, Jane Matthews, clinic manager at MASTA said: “It’s really nice to be able to talk to colleagues about what I do – and for people to be so interested! I’m proud to be part of the nursing profession and it’s great that I can share that passion with people from different parts of our business. This week has been an opportunity for me to reflect on why I became a nurse in the first place.”

Sarah Rickels also attended the panel and she commented:

The event highlighted the different nursing areas within our organisation. At LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare, our nurses support over 80,000 patients by providing treatment in their own homes on a range of conditions, including oncology and HPN. This allows them to live fuller lives in the comfort of their homes, rather than at hospital. Similarly, our MASTA nurses also enable patients to live better by providing wellness and travel vaccinations to make sure they stay healthy.”