Derbyshire mental health support worker shortlisted for ‘Women of the Year’ awards

A dedicated Derbyshire mental health support worker has been shortlisted for a prestigious ‘Women of the Year’ award. Clare Exton, who works for Derbyshire Healthcare, has been invited to attend the 2022 Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards in recognition of her services to healthcare and the NHS.

Clare, who works as part of the South Derbyshire and South Dales Older Adult Team, will attend the event at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on April 1 as a guest of Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

This year’s Women of the the Year awards will honour women of the NHS and Clare may be selected to receive an award on behalf of colleagues working across the health service, alongside other nursing and midwifery guests at the event.

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As well as being shortlisted for a Trust award in previous years for her use of life stories and memory boxes to support older people, Clare has campaigned nationally to change the law around embryo fertilisation research to help those at risk of mitochrondrial disease. Clare also put her research skills to good use by doing a secondment with Derbyshire Healthcare’s Research team in 2015.

In 2018, Clare gained a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at the University of Derby to become an Assistant Practitioner – a skilled support worker who can assist registered nurses in delivering high quality, patient-centred care. On top of her duties at work, Clare is also a carer.

She was nominated by Carolyn Green, Derbyshire Healthcare’s Director of Nursing and Patient Experience. Carolyn said: “I’m very proud of Clare and her dedication to healthcare. It is fantastic to have one of our very own be invited to such a prestigious award event.

“Clare, huge congratulations to you and best of luck for the event and all of Team Derbyshire Healthcare are wishing you well.”

Clare described the invitation as “brilliant”. She added: “I didn’t think it was genuine at first! I couldn’t be happier.”

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