Supporting nurses with the Cavell Nurses’ Trust

Ashley Cowen from LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare talks about the reason the company decided to be the primary partner for the Cavell Star Awards and the Care and Cake Garden Party.

I spent a wonderful afternoon last Friday (21.6.18) talking to nurses about their work and paying tribute to their dedication at a Care and Cake Garden Party run by Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

When we were asked to be the main partner for the Cavell Star Awards and the associated celebration event, it was one of the easiest decisions we’ve made.

‘Helping people live healthier lives’ is part of our LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare (LPCH) strapline and I wouldn’t judge anyone for immediately thinking of a patient when seeing or hearing this. But now, after being responsible for LPCH and working more closely with the team for the last few months, I can see that this strapline is not just about our patients, but also about our nurses.

It makes sense if our nurses are helping our patients live healthier lives, that in turn it will make the nurses lead healthier lives. It is because we hold this value that we went into partnership with the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. By supporting the Cavell Nurses’ Trust and sponsoring the Cavell Star Awards, we are making sure that we are sharing this value with all nurses across the UK.

It is no secret that nurses are being constantly stretched and overworked, so much so that a recent NHS Trust had to remind their nurses to eat and drink while on shift. It’s clear that we should all be supporting nurses more. Recognising the work that they do to go above and beyond their duty of care is only a small part, but it could go a long way to making nurses feel appreciated.  I know that the events we ran for Nurses’ Day this year helped our wider corporate family appreciate the work their colleagues do as well as acknowledging individual contributions.

I was honoured to attend and speak at the Care and Cake event held by the Trust, that brought together nurses from across the UK. It was a surreal moment for me because I’m not a nurse, and so speaking to a room full of nurses that have achieved some incredible things in their career was inspiring.

At LPCH alone, we have 300 nurses who care for around 85,000 patients, before too long it will be at 100,000 patients.

It is clear to see that nurse are people that care, and if they didn’t care then they wouldn’t be nurses. I’m proud that by working with the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, we can celebrate and show our appreciation for their work.