Julie Noble, a nurse at HC-One’s Jack Dormand Care Home in Peterlee, County Durham, has been named Britain’s best nurse after winning the Nurse of the Year award at the prestigious National Care Awards 2017.
Julie, a resident of Easington Lane, Tyne and Wear, who turned 50 just last month, was awarded the Nurse of the Year Award in recognition of her ‘outstanding clinical and managerial qualities’, while demonstrating ‘a high level of dedication’ to Residents at Jack Dormand.
The mother of three and grandmother of seven credits her traditional upbringing, as the youngest of nine children, for instilling in her a love of people and a desire to make a difference for the people she supports.
However Julie’s greatest inspiration was her mother. Shortly before she died, Julie’s mother told her daughter to ‘go and be the special person you were meant to be’. Julie took these words to heart and dedicated herself to her profession and to caring for others, and in winning this award she has fulfilled her mother’s dying wish.
Julie dedicates her award to her colleagues at Jack Dormand Care Home and across HC-One who have supported her and helped her to progress as a nurse. Successes such as Julie’s are a testament to the significant training and investment that HC-One provides for all colleagues at all levels, such as their People Development Programme which received Skills for Care ‘Centre for Excellence’ Status earlier this year, one of only six in the country.
Julie Noble, HC-One Jack Dormand Care Home Nurse, said: “I feel incredibly humbled and honoured to have received this award. Every day I simply try to do my best for Residents at Jack Dormand.
“Never in a million years did I think I could become a nurse. I come from a pit village but I’ve done it, and I hope my mum is proud.
“I want to thank everyone here at Jack Dormand and HC-One for their amazing support – without them I could never have achieved this, and I hope I can continue to be the best I can be for Residents at Jack Dormand.”
Justin Hutchens, Chief Executive Officer of HC-One, said: “I am immensely proud to work alongside such outstanding colleagues like Julie. Julie exemplifies the commitment to providing the kindest care that HC-One prides itself on, and I am incredibly happy to see colleagues’ hard work for Residents being rewarded.”