Nurse Awards

RCNi Nurse Awards: Patient's Choice Award winner

A nurse who is ‘breaking down the taboo around poo’ has won this year's Patient's Choice Award.

Kelly Stackhouse Barney Newman

Lead bowel function clinical nurse specialist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Kelly Stackhouse was presented the award at the RCNi Awards ceremony in London last night (May 6).

Ms Stackhouse had been nominated by patient Tom Owen who praised her help when he was recovering from rectal cancer.

Kelly Stackhouse Tim George

‘I could not have survived without Kelly and her team,’ said Mr Owen when he nominated her for her care and support after an anterior resection left him incontinent.

He added: ‘She has alleviated the misery for me and many other incontinence sufferers in the area. I was really struggling.

‘She is selfless, brilliant and leads from the front. She deserves recognition.’

Ms Stackhouse set up a support group with visiting specialists which Mr Owen says has helped him enormously and reduced his feelings of isolation.

She even organises regular charity events which raised more than £15,000 to buy specialised equipment for the department.

After receiving the RCNi Nurse Award, sponsored by Yakult and supported by LBC, Ms Stackhouse described herself as feeling ‘humbled and grateful’ and added: ‘It is lovely to win, but even if I hadn’t I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

‘More importantly the service is being promoted, referrals have increased and we are slowly breaking down the taboo around poo.’