Nurse Awards

Supporting Carers Award finalist: Shelley Perry

Supporting Carers Award finalist: Shelley Perry

Clinical director, Breathe Therapies

Shelley has set up advice and information clinics for carers as part of a range of nurse-led services for people with eating disorders. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, she wanted to help family members, friends and partners manage a range of distressing emotions, particularly panic, worry and guilt. Friendly and relaxed sessions include educational group work on topics such as healthy eating and realistic expectations. Information is practical and relevant. Open support sessions give attendees the chance to discuss particular issues and have proved an invaluable source of peer support. Family therapy is provided when needed and Shelley runs an online support group.

Picture credit: Neil O'Connor

The Supporting Carers Award is supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by NHS England.

NHS England

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