Published on: 16 November 2021

A community nurse has been nominated for a regional title which could see him in line for a national award thanks to the gratitude of a family he helped.

Adrian Anim, who is based with the Community Learning Disabilities Service at Monkton Hall in Jarrow, has been put forward as a finalist in the Great British Care Awards in its Good Nurse category.

He will attend its Carnival of Excellence in Social Care event at the Grand Hotel in Gosforth on Wednesday, November 24, where the North East celebration will be held. Winners from the nine regional events will then be invited to the grand final.

Adrian’s nomination, backed with an interview with the judging panel, comes as a result of feedback given by the mother of a young South Tyneside man with physical and mental health needs.

She has praised Adrian for helping to transform her son’s care, recognising the passion he has for his work, his diligence and drive to bring together care plans through ‘pure dedication’.

In her nomination the local mum said: “I have been dealing with social services for over 20 years as my son is disabled and I have never met anyone who shows compassion like this gentleman does.

“Adrian was truly amazing with my son, who normally asks people to go home and doesn’t like them in our house, but Adrian nearly had me in tears over how understanding and caring he was with him.

“To see my son so happy around him was a day I will remember for a very long time.”

The nomination follows a previous win by Adrian in 2015, as he started work with South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Trust, when he collected the Primary Care Nurse of the Year award.

Adrian, who discovered news of his shortlisted place on his birthday, said: “I opened the email and saw it said congratulations for being a British Care Award finalist and I couldn’t believe it was real.

“It’s most definitely welcome and I’m delighted my work is being acknowledged. It has been especially tough over the last year and year-and-a-half.”

David Gilbert, a Matron with the Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, said: “Adrian has demonstrated a real sense of what care and compassion is.

“He is dedicated to supporting the needs of the people and families he works with. 

“He demonstrates this through his approach to solving problems, his drive to find solutions and the way he keeps the people he cares for at the centre of everything.

“We have seen that Adrian exudes a positivity about his work. He approaches everything with kindness and a smile and always conducts himself in a professional manner.

“Adrian has worked tirelessly through the COVID-19, also seeking to find new ways to communicate and work with our patients and families. Well done Adrian.”

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout the UK and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

There are 21 awards categories, which represent all areas of the social care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care. From frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.