Find out more about our Children's Nurse of the Year shortlist

Debra Forster

‘The highest levels of care and compassion’

Debra is a Respiratory Nurse Specialist at the Children’s Hospital and has recDebra Forster eived a touching nomination by the parents of two of the children she supports.

They said: “Debra has supported our family since our youngest child was a baby, for almost eight years. She now supports us with both of our children who have similar medical needs. Debra is always just a phone call away and will provide support over the telephone, in person and in our family home. She has supported our children and their school in ensuring that they are both safe and cared for, as well as included in school life.

“She recognises both the practical, emotional and care implications that the children's needs present in all aspects of life, putting them at the heart of her advice and involves us http://nuhnet/Pages/home.aspxin all decision making. Debra treats both of our children as individuals and recognises that what is suitable for one may not be OK for the other.

The parents go onto to say how Debra shows the highest levels of care and compassion: “Some of the experiences in hospital have not always been pleasant and she has responded with care and given dignity to our children and us. Debra will always go the extra mile to ensure the care that she provides is outstanding, her relationship with us is highly professional and her expertise, knowledge and experience second to none. She has been such a support and blessing to our whole family and critical in the way that we have been empowered to care for our children.”

Vote for Debra as Children's Nurse of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Sophie Robson

‘A credit to the NHS’

Sophie is a Nurse in the Assessment Unit of the Children’s Hospital and has been given a glowing endorsement by one of her patient’s mother.

Sophie Robson

She said: “During a really difficult time when my eight day old baby fell ill, Sophie went above and beyond what was expected of her. She was emphatic and confident, explaining the medical processes to us so that we understood the tests and treatments. She also spoke up to her superiors if she did not agree with their treatment plan. To do that showed how much she cared and she filled both me and my husband with confidence that our baby boy was going to get the best treatment.

“She helped us stay positive when our world was falling apart and for such a young and newly qualified nurse she was exceptional and deserves recognition for the work she does. She is a credit to the NHS.”

Vote for Sophie as Children's Nurse of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Heather Baines

‘The kindest, most professional nurse we have come across’

A Staff Nurse in ward E40 at Queen’s Medical Centre, Heather Baines is making children’s lives just a bit easier through her devoted care and attention.

She said: “Heather was our son's named nurse when he stayed on E40 in JulyHeather Baines and August following major surgery. She was the kindest, most professional member of staff we have come across at NUH, during our son's 12 months of treatment, so far.

“She is completely unflappable and we had every trust in her care. She always listened to our son and us as parents and this gave us so much confidence in her and the hospital, after having a fairly rough time before his stay on E40. We never once heard Heather complain or become stressed, agitated or angry. Her presence on the ward was so reassuring and she had a great relationship with all of the children and other staff. She does an absolutely incredible job, is incredibly caring and knowledgeable and the way she conducts herself is admirable.

Heather also got a ringing endorsement for the nomination from the patient himself: “We've no doubt Heather is overworked (and probably underpaid) but we spoke to our son about nominating her and he was very excited to think Heather would get an award for the brilliant job she did whilst looking after him. She went well above what she needed to do for our son and us as a family and we will be forever grateful for making his stay a little bit more comfortable and enjoyable.”

Vote for Heather as Children's Nurse of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!

Terri Britton

‘Such a natural children’s nurse’

Terri is a Staff Nurse at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Children’s Hospital and has won praise from Racheal Marriott, who nominated Terri for the amazing care and support she gave to her child and the wider family.

Racheal said: “I recently spent a while on the ward where I meet a lovely nurse called Terri. Terri goes above and beyond for all the children on the ward who she works with. She is always playing with the children and making them all smile.

“During my time on PICU my child became incredibly poorly, however Terri was always there to talk to and made me smile even on some of our darker days out there. She is such natural children's nurse and I can't thank her enough for what she has done for my family during our time at the hospital.”

Vote for Terri as Children's Nurse of the Year here.

Please note, you can only vote once in each category - and there's only one opportunity to vote in the NAMY Awards, so pick your finalists carefully!