Army reservists recognised at national awards


09 / 6 / 2016 4.12pm

Three inspirational reservists have been honoured with prestigious national awards sponsored by the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANCs). 

The Outstanding QARANC Reservist Student, one of the two new awards, was presented to Kate Cranston of Teesside University. This is in recognition of Kate’s enthusiasm and determination in maintaining her clinical education pathway whilst also completing phase one training as a QARANC reservist.

Kate, pictured with special guest speaker Sally Gunnel OBE DL and Cavell Nurses’ Trust chairman Simon Knighton, said, "It is so exciting to be the first recipient of this new award. Being an army reservist gives me the chance to develop my clinical skills in a challenging but really exciting environment and I look forward to using the prize fund to enhance both my nursing degree and my role as an army reserve.”

Also honoured were army reserve nurses Seamus Reid and Gaby Smyth, of 204 Field Hospital in Belfast. Seamus was presented with the Outstanding QARANC Reservist Clinical Professional Development Award and Gaby was recognised with the runner-up award, both for their enthusiasm and commitment to their roles. 

The evening was a real success, with many nurses, midwives and healthcare leaders in attendance, showing their support for the achievements showcased.

Cavell Nurses’ Trust chairman Simon Knighton said, The Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards helps us be here for nurses and midwives, either by supporting them when they face hardship or by celebrating the amazing work that they do every day.”

Sally Gunnel spoke of her appreciation, saying, "It’s a real pleasure to share in the excitement of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards. The world of athletics demands commitment and determination and it’s fantastic to see nurses and midwives are recognised for those values too.”

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust supports nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and students who demonstrate passion and dedication in the face of financial or personal difficulties. These awards are more special, given the reservists’ awards were a first at this year’s Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the award winners. 

Find out more about the work NHS Employers reservists work programme.


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