A pair of Powys nurses have won prestigious national awards for their “professionalism, talent and commitment”.

At this year’s Royal College of Nursing Wales Awards two Powys nurse were recognised for the work they do in the community

Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer and Palliative Care Louise Hymers won the Community Nursing Award for her work on end of life care, whilst Senior Nurse Manager for Outpatients Development Judith Jamieson took home the Adult Nursing Award for her commitment to outpatient development.

Ms Jamieson was praised for her “outstanding improvement to the outpatients’ service in Powys through her innovation” and always putting “patients first and ensuring that any individual needs are met in a non-judgemental way” as well as “introducing new ways of working to reduce waiting times for outpatient appointments”.

Colleagues also praised her “compassionate leadership style and her ability to provide a voice for both patients and staff.”

Ms Jamieson said: “I am honoured and proud to accept the award for adult nursing from the RCN Wales. This award recognises the dedication and passion the whole planned care in Powys demonstrates in their drive to improve patient experience and access to specialist care closer to home.”


Ms Hymers on the other hand was described as “a visionary nurse leader for community palliative care”.

She is responsible for implementing CARiAD, a responsive, timely and person-centred care package that involves the carer-administration of medication for common symptoms of people who are dying at home.

Her work has allowed patients to stay at home and receive improved quality of care from informal carers in the last days of their life.

“I am honoured to receive the award from RCN Wales, palliative and end of life care are areas of nursing that I feel extremely passionate about,” said Ms Hymers.

“So to receive this recognition makes me incredibly proud personally, I am also delighted that end of life care as a whole in Powys has been recognised with this award.”

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Claire Roche, the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Powys Teaching Health Board added: “I am delighted that both Louise and Judith have been recognised with these prestigious national awards from RCN Wales.

“Their professionalism, talent and commitment to the people of Powys is exceptional and they are an absolute credit to Powys Teaching Health Board.

"It was both a privilege and a joy to be present at the award ceremony in Cardiff to witness Louise and Judith receive their awards and I am incredibly proud of them both for their achievements.”