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Nurse of the Year leaves NHS

18th October 2007

Cuts and reforms have been cited by a woman who won a prestigious Nurse of the Year title as her reasons for leaving the NHS.

Justine Whitaker, 36, who won the title in February from a magazine, leaves the East Lancashire NHS Primary Care Trust (PCT) at the end of November where she works as a lymphoedema clinical nurse specialist at East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn.

She will take up a post as a senior lecturer in lymphoedema, or the swelling of tissue, at the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan).

Ms Whitaker clinched the coveted nursing title after inventing a special pouch to help men with prostate cancer but has now said she is quitting because of the “constant pressures with bureaucracy.?

She said: “I want to leave while I'm still useful and I can still nurse before I get ground down with it all. As a nurse I just want to nurse, I want to look after patients. All these reports we have to write mean we have to sit at a desk and do this, and not sit with a patient. I have got to the point now where if I stay I won’t be pro-active in my work. I have decided to work as a lecturer so I can pass on my skills to a new generation.?

The East Lancashire PCT said it was saddened to see Ms Whitaker leaving while the Department of Health acknowledged that staff morale may sometimes be damaged due to changes in working practices.


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