74. Claire Gillett
Claire is the driving force behind Parish Nurse schemes across East Anglia and has played a key role in supporting the programme nationally. She started volunteering as a Parish Nurse three years ago, following a long year career in nursing. Parish nurses are organised by Christian churches and work with people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to give moral support during medical crises, general health advice and signposting to other services. The programme, launched in the UK in 2006 with 30 trained Parish Nurses, now have over 94 working in Parishes across the UK, 75 of which are volunteers.
In her role as a Parish Nurse, Claire has visited hundreds of people recently discharged from hospital, hosted numerous health talks for local groups and has even inspired others to volunteer as Parish Nurses. In the last year, Claire has played a crucial role in helping to launch two new Parish Nurse schemes in the county with another due to start soon.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Good healthcare isn’t just about drugs, injections and treatments. It’s also about relationships between people. As a Parish Nurse, the care and support Claire has given has been a lifeline for hundreds of people suffering from poor health. I’m delighted to recognise Claire’s service today by making her a Point of Light.”
“I am overwhelmed and honoured to receive this award. I am privileged to be able to combine my passion for nursing with my Christian faith. I pray that many other nurses will come forward to work in this role which reaches right into the heart of local communities and can transform lives. Please contact www.parishnursing.org.uk who would be delighted to help.”