Three Mersey Care nurses win Cavell Star Awards

Three Mersey Care nurses have won Cavell Star Awards for going above and beyond for their patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community mental health nurses Cathy Roberts and Conner McNamara won their awards for their contribution to the care provided at Baird House, one of Mersey Care's specialist mental health treatment and support centres. District Nurse Corrinne Turrell also won the award after suffering personal tragedy during the pandemic and recovering from Covid-19 herself to return to work and help her patients.

Consultant Psychiatrist and colleague Dr Helen Pears, who nominated Cathy and Conner, explained: “Cathy's energy, generosity and skill have been fantastic to see, she has really stepped up to the challenge.

"She has re-organised our depot clinic to be delivered at home so as to allow vulnerable patients to remain safely in their homes whilst receiving the medications they need to keep their mental health stable.

“Conner’s judgment and expertise are excellent. He is energetic and fun to work with and completely dedicated to his work, forming great rapport with his patients. He has taken on huge amounts of extra work cheerfully during the staff shortage. He thoroughly deserves a huge thank you.”

Pictured above (left to right): Cathy Roberts, Dr Helen Pears and Conner McNamara.

Nursing charity Cavell Nurses’ Trust launched the Cavell Star Awards in 2018 in partnership with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare. Nominations are being sought from nursing teams throughout the UK for that special team mate who has shown exceptional care for either their colleagues or their patients and patients’ families.

Each Cavell Star Award winner receives a medal, presentation case and pin badge as well as invites to attend a special Care & Cake Garden Party, celebrating of the nation’s nursing and midwifery professionals.

“I thrive in my role, I love it!” said Cathy “I’m part of an amazing team of NHS nurses who always strive for the best outcomes, the wellbeing and safety of our patients is our absolute priority. Each day brings a different challenge, it’s never boring!

“It’s lovely to be recognised for the hard work you do and feel valued. My team are a great support to me and each other. We all go above and beyond and have very high standards. We all have a very ‘can-do’ attitude and there’s always a good sense of togetherness.”   

Conner, who is in his first nursing role, added: "I really enjoy the one to one therapeutic aspects of mental health nursing. I love supporting people with additional needs and promoting wellness, encouraging people to think about their mental and physical health.

"It was completely out of the blue! It was a bit of a shock but lovely at the same time. I’ve only been working with Dr Pears for a short while but she is an inspiration to me so to be recognised by her and the team is amazing.”

Paul Steiner, spokesman for the Cavell Trust, also praised Corrinne's dedication to win her award, adding: "It sounds like Corrinne is such an important part of Mersey Care's District Nurse Team. What an amazing person to have as a colleague. She seems such a worthy winner for all her support to her patients ensuring they always come first."

Pictured above: Corrinne Turrell with her Cavell Star Award.

Healthcare professionals wishing to nominate a nurse, midwife or HCA for a Cavell Star Award can find out more at