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Prestigious award for RCN member

5 Oct 2021

The manager of a Bury nursing home has received an award for his “brave and heroic leadership” during the coronavirus pandemic.

Registered nurse Craig Priestley was presented with the Chief Nursing Officer Silver Award by Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer for England and is only the second nurse working in adult social care in Greater Manchester to receive this honour.

Craig was instrumental in turning Gorsey Clough, in Bury into one of the country’s first ‘Nightingale’ homes so that older adults experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 could be discharged from hospital. The 31-year-old has been manager at Gorsey Clough since January 2019, having accessed nurse training specifically to return to care home nursing.

“It was an absolute honour to receive the award from Ruth,” said Craig. “It was a complete surprise, and I still cannot believe it."

Ruth May, who gave Craig the news during a Teams call, said: “I just want to say a big personal ‘thank you’ for the work and leadership you have given to social care nursing. This medal is my token of appreciation, and I appreciate and value what you’ve done, when the NHS and social care came together to meet these challenges.”

Craig was nominated by former RCN North West SRO Janine Dyson from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, who was Lead Nurse for the independent sector.

“He is a leader and role model within the sector, advocating for his residents and promoting nursing at every opportunity, ensuring that staff can access training and learning at all levels,” she said.

“He is an outstanding nurse and, first and foremost, an outstanding care home manager.”

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