When Prince Harry attended the WellChild awards on Monday 22nd September, it wasn’t just the children who were being honoured. The Prince also got the chance to give awards to two NHS workers from Coventry and Warwickshire for their distinctions in childrens healthcare.
The first of those to be honoured was Doctor Angela Thompson, who took the title of best doctor for her dedication, caring attitude, knowledge and experience. Dr Thompson, who was nominated for the award by her colleagues, is a complex and palliative care lead paediatrician at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and is also chair of the West Midlands Palliative Care Network.
Angela Thompson has also greatly contributed to the development of palliative care services in the region and her input has been critical in the development of the West Midlands Children and Young People’s Palliative Care Toolkit.
Dr Thompson wasn’t the only member of medical staff being recognised on Monday night. David Widdas, who is a consultant nurse for children with complex care needs at SWFT and the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, was also honoured with the Impact in Child Health Award. The award was given to David for his tireless work helping children and their families achieve their very best despite the complex medical needs that the children may have.
Not only does David contribute to making the lives of sick children better, he has also, as a phd student in Children and family Nursing at Coventry University, developed an online masters programme for Children’s Complex and Palliative Care. David has also spent a lot of time developing documents and strategy for children’s health charities.
Some 17 awards were given out on Monday night at the tenth annual WellChild awards and Prince Harry was on hand to chat to the winners and their families. As Patron of the charity, Prince Harry spoke at the event, “I would like to congratulate each of the award winners – your stories are moving beyond words and remind us all of just how fantastic you all are. You are an example to us all – we can learn a great deal from your strength of character, resolve and humour in facing down challenges every day.”
Prince Harry has been Patron of WellChild since 2007 and at the awards ceremony, held at the Hilton in Park Lane, he was of course guest of honour.