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District nurse from Droylsden is named the student of the year

TOP HONOURS: Leanne celebrates her degree.

A district nurse who says it's a privilege to be able to look after people in their own homes has been awarded a first class honours degree in community health and named student of the year.

Leanne Morgan, 35, was given the prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding achievement as a district nurse student. 

Her colleagues at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT say the accolade is thoroughly deserved as she demonstrates all that is best about being a great nurse.

A mother of two boys, Leanne who lives in Droylsden with husband Simon and sons Bradley, 17 and six-year-old Ralph, was awarded the Phillip Goodeve Docker Award. 

This academic prize is offered by the Queen’s Nursing Institute to the top performing student on the District Nursing Special Practitioner’s programme, and is open to every university in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Leanne who has been nursing in Tameside for more than 12 years explains that she studied over nine months for the qualification at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

“It was at the height of the pandemic so I was still working for three days with my patients and two days doing my academic work. 

“It was hard juggling work, studies and family life but well worth it. 

“I consider it an honour and privilege to be able to look after my patients in their own homes. So, to be given this award for doing what I love is very special.”

Her family were with her at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester for the graduation ceremony, which took place last week.

“We all had to wear masks and I wasn’t able to shake the hand of the vice Chancellor, but seeing the proud look on the faces of Simon and the boys was a very special moment for me,” She adds.

Emma Frain, who is Matron for the Trust’s District Nursing Service says Leanne has worked hard for her degree and this special award from the Queen’s Nursing Institute is very well deserved. 

She said: “To be a good district nurse you have to be well organised, confident and able to take responsibility in difficult situations. Leanne is all those things and more. We are so proud of her.”

Karen James, Trust Chief Executive says she wants to add her congratulations. 

“Our district nurses provide vital care to vulnerable people, some of whom would need to be in a care home or hospital if they couldn’t rely on this important service. 

“These professionals are key members of the primary healthcare team. 

“They play a crucial role in ensuring that patients get the necessary treatment at home thereby keeping hospital admissions and readmissions to a minimum and ensuring that patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.

“Leanne’s dedication, care and commitment honours her profession and our Trust. We are lucky to have her on the team. ” she added.

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