Halton nurse Pauline’s amazing international awards success

Halton nurse Pauline Hatchard has won a prestigious international innovation award in recognition of her research into the effects of bereavement which led to a new ‘Men’s Shed’ facility in Runcorn.

Halton nurse Pauline’s amazing international awards success Pauline Hatchard pictured being presented with her award by IJPN Editor Deven Pamben. Photos copyright Julian Dodd.

Pauline was named as winner of the 2015 International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN) Innovation Award on 14 September at a ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company, London.

She was nominated for the significant achievements of her research into the experiences of 10 bereaved men.

Her findings were instrumental in securing funding from the Department of Health for a Men’s Shed in the grounds of Halton Haven Hospice.

The ‘Shed’ was purpose built and designed to give some direction to men who have been bereaved or who are caring for relatives suffering from a life-limiting illness and are soon to be bereaved.

It provides workshop facilities and activities for men as well as a route into support services.

Pauline works for Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Macmillan Palliative Care Team based at the hospice.

Her study looked at how men coped following the death of their spouse or partner and how they commonly experienced isolation.

Pauline said: “It was fantastic to win such a prestigious award and have the opportunity to tell other people working in palliative and end of life care about my research into bereavement and how in Halton we have turned theory into practice. I hope that the recognition of our achievements with partners in Halton may lead to other similar projects to reduce isolation among recently bereaved men.”

Pauline is no stranger to awards, having been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation category at the Bridgewater Staff Awards in 2014.

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