Lesley McKillen, home manager at Rathmena House in Ballyclare, was announced as a runner up in the Nurse of the Year award at the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2022 awards ceremony. 

The event was held at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood on 16 June, attended by various leaders within the nursing profession and Health Minister, Robin Swann. 

Lesley’s achievement was a result of the work she has done over the last year to develop a Centre of Excellence for residents with complex care needs at Rathmena House.

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Over the last year, Lesley (pictured centre) has led her team to develop this specialist care service for residents with complex tracheostomy. Lesley identified there was little to no services provided for these patients within a community setting.  Believing and embracing equitable access for everyone, Lesley developed a service within the home that met the communication & clinical care needs of these patients.

Heather Murray, Group Quality & Development Manager at MD Healthcare said: “We are immensely proud of Lesley’s magnificent achievement which is justly deserved and stands as testimony to the great work and team which she leads.

“I echo the sentiments of those who know best the true value of our excellent people and great care in Rathmena House, which is an asset and adds so much value to our local community.”

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