A HOSPICE worker has been honoured with a national award for the work she does caring for patients.

Kathy O’Connell was presented with a prestigious Cavell Star for the work she does at St Richard's Hospice.

Cavell Star Awards are given to nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and nursing associates who demonstrate high standards of care to patients, their families and colleagues.

Mrs O’Connell, a senior healthcare assistant, who has worked at the hospice for eight years, said: “It was a real surprise to receive the award – but also lovely and very humbling.

“I am so proud to be a part of the Day Services Team at St Richard’s and would like to thank all my amazing colleagues.

“I have been so well supported from day one and the Cavell Star on my lapel is testament to that.”

Mrs O'Connell with the medal in front of her colleagues in day services.

 Claire Gijselhart, day services manager, said: “Kathy has helped to lead the rehabilitative agenda within Day Services.

“She is innovative and always thinks about what the patient wants and needs rather than adopting a paternalistic approach.

“Kathy is also always willing to expand her knowledge and skills and now runs adapted t’ai chi for patients.

“She actively supports patients to set goals so an active plan of care around their individual needs can be implemented.”

Through her role, Mrs O’Connell supports the nursing team, helps with training, and presents to staff on rehabilitative palliative care.