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MD Healthcare Home Manager Nurse of the Year 2022 Runner Up

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Photo, left to right: Pat Cullen, RCN General Secretary/Chief Executive, Lesley McKillen, Home Manager, Rathmena House, Robin Swann, Health Minister

Lesley McKillen, Home Manager at Rathmena House in Ballyclare was announced as runner up of the Nurse of the Year award at the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2022 awards ceremony.

The event was held at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood on 16th June, attended by various leaders within the Nursing profession and Health Minister, Robin Swann.  Lesley’s achievement was a result of the work she has done over the last year to develop a Centre of Excellence for residents with complex care needs at Rathmena House.

Over the last year, Lesley has led her team to develop this specialist care service for residents with complex tracheostomy. Lesley identified there was little to no services provided for these patients within a community setting.  Believing and embracing equitable access for everyone, Lesley developed a service within the home that met the communication & clinical care needs of these patients.

A resident receiving this specialist care noted, “The support has been tremendous in my daily life.  The care I have received has been second to none.” Furthermore, the mother of another resident commented, “We are so grateful my son is in capable hands.  He has thrived since moving to the home, that’s down to Lesley and her staff.”

Not only transforming these patients’ lives, Lesley’s work has also drawn significant interest from Healthcare Trust personnel seeking to understand how well this model of care works within the home. 

Heather Murray, Group Quality & Development Manager at MD Healthcare commented, “We are immensely proud of Lesley’s magnificent achievement which is justly deserved and stands as testimony to the great work and team which she leads. I echo the sentiments of those who know best the true value of our excellent people and great care in Rathmena House, which is an asset and adds so much value to our local community.”

Photo: Kerri Wright, Deputy Manager (Rathmena House), Lesley McKillen, Home Manager (Rathmena House), JP Watson, Group Managing Director

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