NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Caring Jenny named Scottish Nurse of the Year

A NURSE from the region has been named Scottish Nurse of the Year – recognising her extraordinary dedication to caring for children in poor health.

Last night (Wednesday), Jenny Manson lifted the Nurse of the Year title in the Scottish Health Awards.

Jenny, a Community Children’s Nurse based at The Willows in Dumfries, was recognised for her outstanding efforts.

Over the last two years, Jenny has been involved in delivering end of life care to at least one child and is currently supporting at least one other family with a child with declining health.   

Jenny, 54, from Kirkcudbright, has demonstrated time and time again that she always puts her patients and their families first. 

Reacting to the award, Jenny said: “I am delighted to receive this distinguished award and to be recognised for the job I love.

“It shines light on the care we provide in our communities and delivering end of life care.”

Jenny’s nomination was considered to be the strongest by the awards’ panel of judges, and was announced the winner at the virtual awards ceremony.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway colleague Dr Andrew Eccleston was also a finalist in the national awards. He was nominated by the mother of a nine-year-old girl, who he has treated since she was born with complex needs. Thanks to his unstinting efforts, her quality of life was improved.  

NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Jeff Ace said: “In a year when staff across our health and social care settings have been rising to the many challenges of dealing with COVID-19, there has never been a better time to recognise and reward them for their outstanding efforts, day-in and day-out.”

To recap and watch all the winner’s reactions, the full Scottish Health Awards virtual ceremony can be viewed at this address https://youtu.be/ZX8KBzrJQW0