The Trust has held a special event to remember its former director of nursing Noreen Young, who passed away in March 2013.
Noreen Young had worked in the NHS for over 30 years.
Noreen went on to progress through the different levels of nursing and her commitment and dedication to the profession led to her final appointment as Director of Nursing, Clinical Governance and Safety at the Trust, one of the most senior positions in the organisation.
Trust chief executive Steven Michael said, “Noreen is fondly remembered for her dedicated work at the Trust and particularly for her role in promoting the role of nursing and the special skills required.”
Following consultation with Noreen’s family the Trust dedicated the compassionate care award in Noreen’s memory at its annual staff Excellence awards which took place on 7th November.
Steven added, “All care in our Trust must be delivered with the person first and in the centre; this is one of our core values and Noreen was a great champion of this. This award celebrates excellence in putting people in the centre and truly delivering the Trust’s values and mission.”
As well as remembering Noreen at the staff awards her husband Ken Young has donated her medical books to the library at Fieldhead in Wakefield, the Trust’s largest site which provides a wide range of services.
Special book plates have been included in the books provided which reference a quote from Noreen, “I try to inspire people to inspire themselves and for them to go on to inspire others.” Many of the books already in the library were recommended by Noreen; any duplicate books will be sold and the money used to buy new books. A dedication plaque has also been placed in the library to inspire future NHS staff.
The books were presented to the library by Ken and the Chief Executive Steven Michael at a special event, where staff and former colleagues of the nursing director could come and remember her.