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July's Hospital Hero - Claire Buckell

14 July 2013

Hospital Heroes

July's hospital hero is clinical development nurse, Claire Buckell.

Clinical development nurse Claire Buckell had already made a name for herself after leading our snack round service to victory in the recent Patient Safety 2013 awards organised by the Nursing Times and Health Service Journal.

The initiative all stemmed from a conversation with a ward kitchen assistant who was concerned patients were not eating all of their meals. Claire took it upon herself to complete an audit, looking at the nutritional intake of patients on a care of the elderly ward. She then rallied a group of ward managers, matrons and dietitians - as well as Medirest - and the snack rounds were born.

Claire's hard work and dedication were rewarded here when she collected her certificate and prize from chief nurse and deputy chief executive, Sue Hardy - just days before going off on maternity leave for the birth of her first child.

Claire's nomination praised her drive and commitment in getting the snack rounds off the ground and then nationally recognised: "It is all thanks to Claire's determination to improve care for patients and her ability to change a problem into a solution."

Claire even holds fundraising events for nutrition in her own time and supports our Feeding Buddies on the wards.