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Congratulations to Brenda - Nurse of the Year


Brenda SomerfieldCongratulations to Brenda Somerfield (pictured left), Staff Nurse on Mere Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter, who was voted overall winner of the Patient’s Choice ‘Clare Raynor Nurse of the Year Award’ 2011.


The black tie awards dinner, hosted by broadcaster/presenter Angela Rippon, took place at the Westminster Bridge Hotel in London on Thursday 28 April. Brenda was one of four shortlisted finalists, who all attended the ceremony where the outcome of the public vote was announced.


Brenda said: “It was a complete surprise for me to win the award; I had absolutely no idea that I had won right up until the moment my name was called out. I am really touched that so many of my friends and colleagues and members of the public voted for me. It is a real honour to have won and the whole experience was one I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who supported me.”


Brenda was accompanied at the event by her family and Mr Gerard Noel, who nominated Brenda for the care of his wife, Caroline, during her terminal illness. It was Caroline’s final wish that Brenda should be nominated for an award.


Mr Gerard Noel and Staff Nurse Brenda SomerfieldMr Noel (pictured below with Brenda) said: “It was wonderful for me that Caroline’s letter formed the emotional climax to the whole evening.  Brenda’s award captured the theme of the awards, which was that caring so greatly that it amounts to loving is what really matters in hospital and elsewhere… Caroline would so very much have approved.”


Em Wilkinson-Brice, Director of Nursing and Patient Care, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate Brenda on this outstanding achievement. The Trust is delighted that she has been recognised for this award; we are incredibly proud of her. Brenda has demonstrated the levels of care and dedication that our hospital strives to achieve and is an excellent role model for other professionals.”






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